Development of Fisheries in Haryana

The role of fisheries sector in the national economy is, in general, relatively limited. Fisheries sector as compared to other sectors of the national economy, probably comes under the most complex category. The complexity of fisheries sector stems from the interaction between nature, men and technology.

The fisheries sector has been recognized as a powerful income and employment generator as it stimulates growth of a number of subsidiary industries and is a source of low cost animal protein to the people particularly to the economically weaker sections of the society and thereby it is an advantageous position to ensure national food security. It is also a major source of foreign exchange in several countries including India. Fish culture is an age-old practice in many states of the country. The fish farming activity in the state of Haryana is of recent origin. In the short span of less than three decades, the fish farming in the state has developed to a status of significance. Haryana stands 2nd in the average annual fish production per unit area in the Country. The average annual fish production in the state is 7000 Kg. Per hectare against a national average of 2900 Kg. The state has also achieved self-sufficiency in seed production of Indian Major Carp and Common Carp. At the time of creation of the state in November 1966, the total water area under fish farming was 58 hectare, which has increased to - hectare by the end of Feb 2020. Likewise fish seed stocking has also increased from 1822.08 Lakh. The farmers of the districts adjoining to Delhi has further evolved a new technique in fish marketing i.e. harvesting the fish at 600 to 700 gm. and to carry in live condition to Delhi Fish market, so as to get high price. The total fish production from all resources was 600 metric tonne during the year 1966-67 which has now increased to 157503.10 metric tonne in 2019-20 in-spite of depletion of fish population in natural water bodies.

Despite limitation of water resources in the state, Department has made notable progress. The main thrust of the department is to bring all available water bodies under fish culture by creating a class of fish farmers through hands on training and providing necessary technical and financial assistance. More than 80% of the village ponds in the state have been brought under fish farming.

The main objectives and activities of the Fisheries Department are as under:

  • To manage and conserve the natural fisheries in rivers, canals, drains and other water bodies.
  • To utilize available village ponds and tanks for fish farming.
  • To provide technical and financial assistance to fish farmers through Fish Farmers Development Agencies.
  • To create a class of trained fish farmers in the state.
  • To increase the production of quality fish seeds of all species.
  • To utilize unused waste agricultural land for fish farming.
  • To create additional employment opportunity in rural area.

Present Status & Future Vision

  • Water Area Coverage from - 16430.23 Hectare during 2018-19  to 16155.15 Hectare till Feb. 2019-2020.
  • Increased Fish Seed Production from 6400 Lakh. during 2015-2016 to 7600 Lakh by the end of 2016-2017
  • Fish Production from 182147.60 MT during 2018-2019 to 157503.10 MT till Feb.  2019-2020.
  • Fish Productivity to be increased from 11000 Kg during 2018-19 to 994 per Hectare per year till Feb. 2019-2020. 
  • Employment generation
    1. Fish Farmers from 16000 during 2015-2016 to 18000 by 2016-2017
    2. Persons engaged in fisheries trade from 27000 during 2015-2016 to 30,000 by 2016-2017

New Programmes

1 Fish Health Care
Mortality rate to be reduced 2015-16 2016-2017
Egg to Seed 23% 20%
Seed to Adult 45% 10%
State Level Diagnostics Lab. at ARTI Hisar & Training Subcentre Jyotisar
Fish Healthcare Centres to be setup at each District HQ - 21
Aquatic Polyclinic to be setup at every Fish Seed Farm - 15
2 Introduction of High Valued Fish Species
White Shrimp L.Vannamei
3 Diversification to Ornamental Fish
Project proposal has been submitted for the establishment of Hi-tech and Ultra Modren Ornamental Fish Hatchery at Govt. Fish Seed Farm Jhajjar under Plan Scheme of Ornamental Fisheries in the Swaran Jayanti Year.
4 Marketing
Present Markets Faridabad, Yamunanagar & Panipat
New Markets to be established Gurgaon & Bahadurgarh
5 Awareness Camps
One awareness camp in each District every month