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Artificial Breeding of Barbs

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    20th May, 2022


A team of scientists from Kerala has standardized the techniques for artificial breeding of these fish species.


  • These freshwater species of barbs and carp used to be found widely in the Idamalayar Dam, Bhoothathankettu, and the Kol fields of Thrissur district.
  • However, indiscriminate fishing and changes in habitat conditions have brought these species, especially Kuruva Paral, to the brink of extinction.
  • The conservation measures being taken up by Kufos are supported under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-India High Range Landscape project that also aims to help trained aquaculturists among Adivasis to take up farming of these freshwater species.
  • The project, even though launched in January 2020, was delayed by a year due to the pandemic.
  • The brood stocks for Kooral and Pachilavetti have been stored at the freshwater aquaculture facility at Kufos.

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