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Formulation of low-cost Fish feed using locally available agro-based wastes and its efficacy on growth performance of common Carp (Cyprinus carpio L.) - A case study from Apatani landscape of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, Silchar, 788011, Assam, India
  • 2Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, Silchar, 788011, Assam, India
  • 3Department of Zoology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Itanagar, 791112, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (3), Pages 61-67, March,10 (2016)

Abstract

The present study was done to formulate a low-cost fish feed using locally available agro-based waste, and to test its efficacy on growth of common carp (Cyprinus carpio). The study was done in context of increasing fish production in the rice-fish system of the Apatani landscape of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Nutrient content analyses of the formulated fish-feed showed it to be comparable with the standard feed material. Efficacy test of the formulated feed under laboratory condition showed that specific growth rate and condition factor of the stocked fish were significantly more when it was fed with a low dose of the formulated feed (i.e., @ 3% of the initial body weight). Overall, the study highlighted the possibility of increasing fish production in the rice-fish system of Apatani Plateau by exploiting the existing agro-based wastes. This may help in upliftment of the rural economy and sustainability of the region.

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