Bisalpur, February 15: In order to promote the fishing sector in the state, Rajasthan government has decided to set up the centre of excellence for breeding ornamental fishes at Bisalpur in Tonk district. Notably, this will be a first breeding centre in the whole country.
The species of ornamental fishes like Guppy, Mollies, Platies, swordtails among livebearers and Danios, Rasboras, Barbs and Gold Fish among egg-laying fishes etc will be bred in this proposed centre. The centre will start in July this year. Out of the total Rs 5 crore, the state government has spent Rs 2 crore in constructing aquarium and hatchery in Bisalpur near to state capital, another Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned for further work.
State Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhulal Saini said, "None of the states have a centre of excellence in breed ornamental fishes in the country. We are developing a centre of excellence at Bisalpur at cost of Rs 5 crore with a purpose to establish a national and international market in the field." We will breed nearly 70-75 species of the ornamental fishes including live bearers and egg layers," he added.
Minister Saini further said, "We have visited Kochi to explore ornamental fishing breeding in freshwater, saline and brackish water. We have visited the Marine Products Export Development Authority in Kochi and other national institutes that breed and research on aquaculture."
"Aquaculture is a sunrise sector and there is increasing trend of the aquarium in the hotel, malls and even residences. Considering all the factors, we met the experts in Kochi for understanding the concept," Minister Saini said in the end.
Notably, many centres of excellence for breeding ornamental fishes are already working successfully abroad India. These centres help to grow the fishing sector and help in flourishing the economy too.