Duration:
15 nights / 16 days
Cities:
Shimla-Sangla-Bilaspur-Mandi-Manali-Dharamshala-Chamba

Highlights:
This trip shows the Trout & Carp Fish farms in Himachal Pradesh. Fish farms are the foundation stones of Fisheries development in Inland Fisheries Sector. We will show new entrepreneur that the seed produced at these seed production centers is either used for replenishing the harvested fish stock of open waters i.e. rivers or reservoirs or is further reared under semi-controlled conditions in growing ponds and  sold for table purposes.

Himachal Pradesh is one  of  the  state amongst a few in the Union of India which has been gifted by the mother nature with the rivers emanating from glaciers, which traverse through hilly terrains and finally enrich  the  semi-plain  and  plain  areas of  the  state  adjoining  Punjab  and Haryana. Himachal Pradesh has approximately 3000 kms of riverine length and four reservoirs namely Gobind sagar, Maharana  Partap  sagar, Pandoh  and Chamera constructed on Satluj, Beas, and Ravi rivers respectively.

agriculture tour indiaThe upper zones of rivers inhabit indigenous Schizothoracids, and exotic salmonids (trout) while the zones interspersing the semi-plain and plain areas are the abodes of Himalayan tiger-  the mighty mahseer, Indian Major Carps and  the  much  sought  after catfishes such  as Singhara (Mystus seenghala) Malhee  (Wallago  attu) and  Soal (Channa  species).

Keeping  in view the variegated  nature of  water resources the  Government of  Himachal Pradesh through  its department of  Fisheries has setup  two  types of fish  seed  farms- Coldwater or Trout fish seed farms and warm water or Carp seed farms. The mandate  of these  farms till  recently  was to  produce  the  seed  of  trout and carps and  stock it in rivers and  reservoirs with  an  aim  of  replenishing  the harvested  stocks from  these  water bodies. With the advancement in fish farming it has been now possible to produce fish for human consumption at these farms and thus making them revenue-earning centers. There are in all 12  fish  seed  farms  under the  control of  Himachal  Pradesh  Fisheries Department  out of which 6  are trout farms and  another 6  are carp farms.
 
 
Suggested program (best suitable for GROUPS):
 
 
Day 1
Take train from Delhi to Kalka & then to Shimla
 
 
Day 2
Visit to Trout Farm Dhamwari (Shimla)

 
 
Day 3
Shimla-Sangla.
 
 
Day 4
Visit to Trout farm Sangla (Kinnaur)


 
 
Day 5
Sangla-Shimla
 
 
Day 6
Shimla-Bilaspur

 
 
Day 7
Visit to Trout Farm & Carp Farm at Deoli (Bilaspur)

 
 
Day 8
Bilaspur-Mandi/Barot
 
 
Day 9
Visit to Trout Farm at Barot & Carp Farm Alsu(Mandi)
 
 

Barot Trout Farm:
ESTD. 1959
This farm is situated on the left banks of Uhl and Lambadug rivers near the barrage of Shanon Hydro electric power project at Barot in Jogindernagar tehsil of Mandi district.

Water availability
The farm had problem of inadequate water supply in the post.  The  two  old water supply  systems   renovated    while  two  new  water supply  system  from lambadug river with 150 lps capacity have  been setup at the farm.

 
 
Day 10
Barot-Manali
 
 
Day 11
Visit to Trout Farm at Patlikuhl

 
 

Patlikuhl: ESTD. 1909
This farm is situated at National Highway-21 between Kullu and Manali on 26.4 bighas of land. The farm has following infrastructure:
a)  Raceways    = 14 [13 (15x2x1.5m) and 4 (45X2.8X1.5)]

b)  Hatcheries   = (Bathar and Patlikuhl)

c)  Office Building = 1

d)  Feed mill = 1

e)  Staff residences = 14

Availability of water:

The water to this farm is being drawn through H.D.P. pipes from a perennial tributary of river Beas named as Sujan or Sanjoin nala. The quantum of water available is sufficient for the available raceways. Hatchery at Patlikuhl is under renovation and is being provided assured water supply system.

Capacity of farm, hatchery, feed mill and extent of utilization:

Fish farm:

The fish farm has a fish production capacity of 10 tonnes and the production level attained during previous years has been over and above the capacity.

farmers tour indiaBathar Hatchery:
ESTD 1996

This hatchery is located at a distance of about 5 km from Patlikuhl. It has an ova  incubation  capacity  of  2,00,000  but the  rearing  space  available for the hatchlings is hardly sufficient. With  utmost care about 60,000-70,000 hatchlings can  only  be  reared  up  to  1  g  size. The capacity utilization in the past has been over and above the capacity.

Patlikuhl Hatchery:
This hatchery has 8 nursery tanks of size2x2x0.5m made of fiberglass.

Feed mill:
The feed mill is catering the feed requirements of trout farms functioning under the department as well as farms in the private sector.  The mill has a production capacity of 300 kg per hour. The annual production of feed is Approximately 50 tonnes.

 
 
Day 12
Manali-Dhamramshala.
 
 
Day 13
Visit to Carp farm at Kangra(Kangra).
 
 
Day 14
Kangra-Khajjiar-Chamba.
 
 
Day 15
Visit to Trout Farm at Holi(Chamba) & Carp Farm at Sultanpur (Chamba).
 
 
Day 16
Chamba to Pathankot rail way station to catch train for Delhi..
 
 
 
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