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The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has organized a webinar on “Promotion of Inland Saline Water Aquaculture”.
What is Inland Saline Water Aquaculture?
Inland saline aquaculture is the farming or culture of aquatic animals and plants using inland (i.e. non-coastal) sources of saline groundwater rather than the more common coastal aquaculture methods.
Benefits of Inland saline aquaculture
Firstly, it plays an important role in saline affected soils with low productivity as it can be used to convert the waste land into wealth land.
Secondly, it can be used to reduce the amount of salt in underground water tables leading to an improvement in the surrounding land usage for agriculture.
Initiatives to Promote Inland saline aquaculture
Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana has a component for the development of saline water aquaculture.
The component aims to promote aquaculture in saline/alkaline areas with the help of technology infusion, training and capacity building of farmers, provision of market linkages, availability of quality seed and feed and good aquaculture practices.
Potential of Inland Saline Aquaculture in India
Inland Saline Aquaculture has a huge potential in saline waters available in the northern States of Haryana, Panjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Challenges in Inland Saline Aquaculture
Infrastructure for sustainable development of saline aquaculture
Lack of laboratory & technology support
Lack of buyers on demand among others.
Source: This post is based on the article “Department of Fisheries organises a webinar on “Promotion of Inland Saline Water Aquaculture” published in “PIB” on 8th November 2021.