Bibha Chetia Borah*
Principal Scientist and Officer in Charge, Fisheries Research Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Assam, India
*Corresponding Author: Bibha Chetia Borah, Principal Scientist and Officer in Charge, Fisheries Research Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Assam, India.
Received: September 20, 2021; Published: November 30, 2021
Assam, one of the states of North East Region of India, is bestowed with enormous potential for fishery based industries. With a total population of 31,169,272 (Census 2011) comprising of fish eating ethnic population, the demand for fish in both and preserved form is very high in the state. Among all states of the region, Assam has the distinction of having vast water area with aquaculture potential and of being the highest fish producer (70%) in the region. Horizontal and vertical growth of aquaculture through implementation of several developmental scheme including the Blue Revolution Mission has resulted in steady growth of fish production in the state during the last decade, marching towards achieving the goal of self sufficiency. The lockdown imposed in the region to control spread of Covid-19 pandemic from 25th March, 2020, had tremendous impact not only on different activities related to the aquaculture resulting in livelihood crisis for fish farmers and all stake holders, but also on day-to-day essential nutrition for the fish loving population of the state. Homestead small scale family fish farming with sustainable low cost technology is the effective option to cope with the crisis brought by the lockdown situation in the region. This paper discusses the impact of the lockdown on different aspects vis a vis way forward to face the challenges and consequences of the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on the sector.
Keywords:Assam; Covid 19; Pandemic; NE Region; Impact; Aquaculture; Livelihood; Nutrition; Family Fish Farming
Citation: Bibha Chetia Borah. “Impact of Lockdown on Aquaculture in Assam and Role of Small Scale Family Fish Farming in Sustaining Family Nutrition During Lock Down".Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 5.12 (2021): 138-143.
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