More than 1,00 traditional ornamental fish breeders who have built their expertise over decades of hands on experience, are reluctant to embrace the facilities being offered at the Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP), the country’s first ultra-modern facility being set up near Madhavaram by the Tamil Nadu government.
In addition to the prospect of higher rents, farmers are hesitant to give up what they know: “We know how to breed exotic species in our natural weather conditions. There is fresh water in the locality. But at the park, we would need to adopt a method that is different from what we have been doing for decades. They didn’t consult us to know our requirements before setting up the park,” one farmer told The Times of India.
The park, developed by Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri, is a facility for ornamental fish equipped with multi-species hatchery and live feed culture units. It aims to fulfill industry requirements for mass production of high-value aquarium fish. Funded by Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives, it is expected to boost production of indigenous and exotic ornamental fish species.
Scientists will also be able to research the breeding of endangered species like African jewelfish, Danio dangila, puntius and Denison’s barb ... Read more [Source: Times of India]