A new fish feed mill with a production capacity of 9000 tonne per annum, is to open next year in North Kashmir, officials from the state commented this week.
The feed mill is expected to cost Rs 10.70 cr, and will be fully automatic. It will go towards meeting the demands of local fish farmers, and encouraging aquaculture in the region.
Located in Manasbal in Bandipora district, north Kashmir, the fish feed mill is expected to be commissioned by next year.
The Manasbal feed mill is equipped with an extrusion line, allowing it to create floating pellets which will float on the surface giving enough time for the trout to take in the feed.
“The future of Indian aquaculture feed industry looks promising, but India has to go in for more species if it has to progress further,” said P.E. Vijay Anand, Technical Director, India Animal Feed Program, American Soyabean Association – International Marketing, on Monday.
After a long dry spell the current rains would bring a positive impacts on crops particularly on food security crop like wheat which has been sown over 8.8 million hectare of land in the country.
Besides, the rain spell would also help to boost the production of pulses like grams,moong and vegetables, oil seeds cultivated over a vast land to fulfill the domestic requirements of food in the country.
Wheat Development Commissioner of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MinFA) Dr. Shakeel A Khan told APP on Monday that the blessing rains are very fruitful for the major food crop wheat in rain feed areas in the country.
He said that the current spell of rains would help to enhance the crop out-put in rain feed ares as the wheat sowing in irrigated areas registered negative growth due to devastating floods during last year.
Meanwhile, the rains would leave a healthy impact on pulses like moong, grams and the vegetables as the most of these crops direly required water for irrigation at this stage of nourishment, he added.
Wheat Commissioner informed that this year wheat crop has sown over 8.8 million hectare of land in the country to fulfill the domestic consumption which was down by 3.5 per cent as compared to the last year sowing.
Wheat crop has sown over 6.68 million hectare of land in Punjab, while in the Sindh Province about 1.08 million hectare of land are under wheat crop, he said.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) the wheat crop has sown over 0.73 million hectare and in Baluchistan it was cultivated over 0.32 million hectare.
Dr. Shakeel said that the current wheat crop out-look was quit satisfactory in the country adding that it is also expected that out put of the crop would also remained satisfactory.
He advised the farmers to regularly monitor their crops and use proper pesticides and up-rooting weeds to enhance per acare out-put to make the country selfrelaint in food productions.
It may be recalled that according to Met Office Islamabad, more rains with isolated heavy snowfall over the hills expected in most parts of the country.
The scattered rain with snowfall which also occurred in Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan washed away the dust and brought hope for farmers.
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