May 13 2011

Views of Ornamental fish farming in India

I’ve been back from my trip to India and lsrael for a bit over two months  but until now winding down the quarter has kept me from posting about this trip.

I travelled to India to attend the Asia Pacific Aquaculture Conference held in Kochin. While there I gave three papers related to industry development and training. Perhaps I will provide more on that at a later date.

I had the opportunity to visit some fish farms in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. These were primarily polyculture operations, rice and fish or rice and prawns. I then had the opportunity to travel with Mr. Krishna Dey and Dr.  Narayanan, two private consultants to the ornamental fish industry in India. Mr. Dey arranged for me to meet with representatives from the Kerala Ornamental Fish Farmers Association (KOFFA) and tour some of their facilities in the hills above Kochin. There are about 200 tropical fish farms in Kerala with a focus on many common freshwater ornamental fish and ornamental aquatic plants. There are also a number of native fishes that are collected in the wild or cultured. THese are being exported in low numbers or being developed for export. I hope to have a guest blog on this in the future. At this point most of the local production is going into the domestic market but the industry is working towards building its export capacity.

While touring these facilities Mr. Dey, Dr. Narayanan and myself had the opportunity to film a short educational video that will be released to the local association. The video followed an interview/discussion format between myself , Dr. Narayanan and Mr. Dey as we discussed emerging health issues and principles of health management at each of the facilities. This culminated in a group discussion between the three of us as well as Mr. Rajan Punnoose, Vice President of the KOFFA and Mr. Joy Joseph past president of the KOFFA. The setting was the  beautiful garden at Mr. Joy’s home and fish farm/hatchery. I hope to make the video available on this blog in the near future.

I’ve included some images from this trip. I hope you enjoy the tour. I’ll post some images and thoughts about the Israel leg in a few days.

Backwaters of Kerala

Rice Fields

Prawn pond with rice in the background

Backwaters scenes, sunrise

Cultured freshwater prawns

Lunch!!

Enjoying the stop, rice field in the background

Houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala

Backwaters

Backwaters scenes

Backwaters scenes, sunrise

Backwaters scenes, sunrise

Backwaters scenes, sunset

Aquatic plant farm

Aquatic plant farm

Aquatic plant farm

Aquatic plant farm

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture, sorting for sale

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

Ornamental fish farm, pond culture

retail sales at the farm

retail sales at the farm

Local customer selecting fish

ornamental fish farm, tank culture

ornamental fish farm, tank culture, hatchery

ornamental fish farm, tank culture - Mr. Joy (Owner) and Mr. Punnoose discuss production.

ornamental fish farm, tank culture - discussing rearing techniques

Discussing biosecurity in the hatchery - Dr. Narayanan, Mr. Joy and Mr. Punnoose

Getting ready to have our final taped discussion about health management, biosecurity and industry development

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20 Responses to “Views of Ornamental fish farming in India”

  1.   Dr.shashikanton 12 Jun 2011 at 6:52 am

    I am interested in Fish Faming
    to start with a well of 40×30 for and 10 to 30 ft deep
    for irrigation and fish rearing .

    Kindly guide me .

    Dr.S.C.Valandikar,
    MVSc

  2.   zeeshanon 17 Jun 2011 at 11:49 pm

    hi i am intersted in ornamental fish breeding can you please give some details on it

  3.   helloon 27 Sep 2011 at 10:55 pm

    i would be interested to visit the aquatic plant farms as well.
    could you give me their address or contact details?

    regards
    Wojtek

  4.   Praveenon 31 Oct 2011 at 2:21 am

    hi,

    I wanna visit this Place, Please can you send me some information about it. I’m @ bangalore, Pondy is like 450Kms for here.

    Thanks,
    Praveen

  5.   Ashokon 01 Jan 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Hello,
    I want to visit this place,Kindly notify the location of the aquatic plant farm….

    Regards
    Ashok
    Trivandrum

  6.   Shafeequeon 01 Mar 2012 at 8:51 am

    Dear Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan,

    If you remember the location/contact of the fish and aquatic plant farms you visited during your trip to kerala last year, i kindly request you to share the address and contact numbers of those farms.

    Thank you Dr.

  7.   robon 30 Sep 2012 at 1:39 am

    these farms are from Keezhillam ,Perumbavoor Eranakulam etc

  8.   Aneesh b son 17 Jan 2013 at 7:25 am

    Hello,
    I want to visit this place,Kindly notify the location of the aquatic plant farm…
    thank you
    Aneesh b s

  9.   purandaron 11 Jun 2013 at 4:09 am

    It was intersting to know about you Dr.I have a breding @ Mangalore.It would be a honour if you could vist Mangalore.Kindly let me know sir

  10.   ashik iqbalon 27 Apr 2014 at 2:15 am

    I am interested in farms, pets and aquatic hobby. I am from Kerala and please update me with interested related topics.

  11.   amiton 26 Jul 2014 at 9:23 am

    i would be interested to visit the aquatic plant farms as well.
    could you give me their address or contact details?
    regards

  12.   amiton 21 Oct 2015 at 5:34 am

    intrested in aquatic plants farming pls guide me & send address

  13.   dr Nisaron 24 Jun 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Hi. I’m interested in ornamental fish farming in a small scale tank setup. Kindly guide. Thanks . N enlist a few such setups in an around Mumbai which can be visited .

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