India completes tilapia hatchery to boost seed production in Kerala
The ₹12.21 crore ($1.7 million) Nile tilapia hatchery project is expected to produce seeds for fish farmers from Kollam and neighboring districts.
India completed the second phase of a freshwater fish hatchery at Neduvannurkadavu, in Kulathupuzha Panchayat, in Kollam district in Kerala. With this hatchery, the district is all set to attain self-sufficiency in fish seed production, reported local news.
The Nile tilapia hatchery, a ₹12.21 crore ($1.7 million) project, is expected to produce seeds using modern technology. The project will be beneficial to fish farmers from Kollam and neighboring districts.
The first phase of the freshwater fish hatchery was completed with ₹3.9 crore ($410,000). Twelve nursery tanks, 20 hatching tanks and the office building was completed in the first phase two years back. Around 35 lakh carp seeds produced in the hatchery were distributed to fish farmers.
In the second phase, ₹5 crore ($700,000) was spent on completing ten nursery ponds and four broodstock ponds.