Exploring The Status Of Aquaculture In Assam- Problems And Prospects: A Descriptive Study

Document Type : Primary Research paper

Authors

1 Department of Economics, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India.

2 Department of Geography, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India.

3 Department of Geography, Gauhati University, Assam, India.

4 Department of Geography, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya, India.

Abstract

Aquaculture in Assam is an emerging industry. It is the practice of raising aquatic organisms such as fish, mollusks, crabs, and plants in captivity. Farming requires intervening in the raising process to improve output, such as regular stocking, feeding, and predator protection, among other things. Cattle ownership, whether individual or corporate, is also an aspect of farming. The state's physical geography, which includes several water bodies, is ideal for aquaculture. However, in comparison to the state's geographical and climatic blessings, the current state of this sector in the state is not encouraging. A well-developed aquaculture industry can significantly increase the state's economy. The state has been confronted with numerous challenges, both financial and otherwise, for which it has been unable to fully exploit the resources despite its immense potential. Assam's government has recently taken several steps to encourage young people to pursue careers in aquaculture. This paper attempts to do a thorough investigation into the current state of aquaculture in the state. It also examines the industry's present issues as well as the threats that deter people from participating in aquaculture. This study also explores the bounteous prospects of the emerging industry that are still untapped.

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