Kolkata: The city is soon going to have the nation’s first fish hospital. The first of its kind hospital will facilitate diagnose and treatment for commercially bred fish in the state.
The hospital is likely to be completed within two to three months. It will help the farmers increase their produce and tackle disease. West Bengal has been surpassed by Andhra Pradesh as country’s largest fish producer, in 2011-12.
The hospital is coming up at our campus in Panchasayar’s Chakgaria in Kolkata,” said Professor T J Abraham, professor (fishery microbiology) and principal investigator, department of aquatic animal health, faculty of fishery sciences, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Services (WBUAFS).
The facility comprises 50 glass aquariums and 25 circular water tanks to house the fish. The expense of Rs 1.75 crore has been borne by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research under the ministry of agriculture. According to Abraham, the hospital will first diagnose and treat fish that are bred by farmers. At a later stage, efforts may be made to find out ailments that wild fish, caught along Bengal’s coast, suffer from.
According to Abraham, farmers can approach the hospital whenever they suspect a problem with their fish. They can report abnormalities like change in colour or size. They can even bring in samples for diagnosis and treatment.