Htantabin Township runs 11,025.36 acres of fish farming, 481.53 acres of shrimp farming

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A general view of the fish and shrimp farms in Htantabin Township.

Annual supervision and inspection are undertaken for fish and prawn farming activities by the Fisheries Department of Htantabin Township in the Yangon Region, to achieve the continuous development of fisheries, ensure the sufficiency of fish feed, improve the socio-economic life of rural people based on fishing activities, and contribute to the development of country’s economy. It is known that there are 11,025.36 acres of fish farming and 481.53 acres of shrimp farming in the Htantabin Township.
There are 405 private fish farmers, two fish farming companies and 19 entrepreneurs in the shrimp farming sector in the Htantabin Township, said U Nay Win Aung, the head of the Fisheries Department in Htantabin Township.
In fish farming, Rohu, River-catfish and Silver pomfret are mainly bred, while Carp and Catla fish are bred to a small extent. Fingerlings are added to the fish ponds only in May, June and July every year, and the fish harvesting is done at a rate of once every 10 months. In harvesting, one Rohu fish weighs 40 ticals (approximately 16.3293 grams/0.576 ounces), and one River-catfish and one Silver pomfret weigh 85 ticals and 50 ticals respectively.
In shrimp farming, they focus only on freshwater shrimp and carry out shrimp farming activities in May and November every year. The harvesting activities are executed twice a year at a rate of once every six months. One shrimp weighs 2.5 ticals when harvested, it is learnt. — Zin Min Htike (Htantabin)/CT

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