The State of Haryana, which was carved out of most backward region of erstwhile Punjab in 1966, has now earn a reputation of being one of the most prosperous State in the country. The State has good water resources in the shape of rivers, canals, drains, natural and man made lakes / reservoirs / micro-water sheds and village ponds to enable promotion of fisheries. Fish culture in Haryana is little difficult due to non availability of fishermen community and mostly vegetarian population. In the year 1966-67, only 58 hectare pond water area was under fish culture by stocking of 1.5 lakh fish seed and total annual fish production was only 600 tonne, that has been increased by covering 18975 hectare area under fish culture by stocking 7665.65 Lakh fish seed raising 144210 MT of fish during the year 2016-17. It is proposed to stock 1517.44 lakh Fish Fingerling(8500 Lakh Fish Seed) to produce 142800 tonne fish during the year 2016-17 by covering 19000 hectare water area. It is envisaged to provide technical and financial assistance to 30000 families in fisheries sector. It is also targeted to provide benefit to 1000 Scheduled Caste Families under 20-Point Programme during the year 2016-17.
Started with 58 hectare ponds under fish farming in year 1966, Directorate of Fisheries, Haryana has come a long way with more than 17454.58 hectare ponds in overall Haryana and has earned a name in Fisheries Development all over India. Focus approach is the key factor for exponential growth.