The fisheries department in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is stepping up the breeding of trout in response to a growing demand for the fish.
Asifa Khan, project officer with the department of fisheries, confirms that the program aims to supply healthy trout eggs to government facilities and the nearly 1,000 private farmers in the region.
Breeding of trout began in November and will be “in full swing” until its conclusion in March.
Dachigam National Park, an area of 141 sq kms located in the Zabarwan range of the western Himalayas, Kashmir, is the base of breeding operations. The park name means “10 villages,” after the villages that were relocated for the park’s formation as a protected area in 1910. The park was created to ensure a supply clean drinking water supply for the city of Srinagar.
Once dubbed the Switzerland of the east, the Kashmir Valley is famous for its trout and is a popular tourist destination.