Saturday, August 3, 2013


Last week, we got some new type of fish which is being promoted by the Government of India. It's called Pangasius - the common name being Vietnamese Cat Fish.

Pangasius fry which we procured last week

However, the reasons which attracted me are much more . . .

1. The fish was being promoted by government of Jharkhand.
2.  They are touted to grow well in not that clean water.
3.  As you may have read, these fish reach a size of 1 kilogram in a period of 6 months, which is quite fast for any variety of fish.
4.  These fish have less number of bones which make them quite table friendly.
5.  The meat is quite tasty and ranks quite high with regard to consumption.

Yes, there is a risk involved. However, since we are doing it in our pond which gets completely dry at least once in 2-3 years, we can always phase it off if we feel that Pangasius is somewhat of a threat to the environment to the ecology. 

We wait with quite a lot of expectation from this new venture. And it could be the beginning of a new chapter in the history of inland fish farming in Palamu region. 

Snap of the fish being sold in a market in Vietnam (source - Wikipedia)

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