Recent rain has caused a huge damage to the trout breeding farms in Kullu valley. Private firms are hard hit by the damage. According to the state fisheries department, Himachal Pradesh annually cultivates 18 tonnes and 90 tonnes of trout respectively in government and private farms.
Trout Growers’ Association president Balbir Singh told that more than 15 trout farms have been totally washed away in the past two months.
A 600-km stretch of the cold waters of the Beas, Sutlej and Ravi rivers is the habitat of the trout, mainly the brown ones. The state has around 100 run-of-river trout farms, including six government-run ones, mainly in the interiors of Kullu, Mandi, Shimla and Kinnaur districts.