A Breeding & Culture Unit of Monopterus cuchia was inaugurated on Wednesday in the Aquaculture & Biodiversity Centre of Gauhati University by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Pratap Jyoti Handique.

Monopterus cuchia is known as Kuchia in Assamese.

This is a fish species which looks like snake.

In many countries, Monopterus cuchia has great demand as a fish.

The Breeding & Culture Unit of Monopterus cuchia has been started in collaboration with ICAR- National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow.

The unit has been funded by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research under the project Germplasm Resource Centre Network.

It is expected that this unit will benefit the indigenous people and youth prospects with a large spectrum of livelihood.

The Department of Zoology, Gauhati University, established the Aquaculture & Biodiversity Centre in 2012 in the heart of Gauhati University.

The unit was set up with the financial assistance of UGC, New Delhi (under the SAP programme with thrust area Aquaculture & Biodiversity), DBT- GOI, DST-GOI, ICAR- GOI & NFSB, Hyderabad to pursue cutting edge research in the field of aquaculture & fish biodiversity, said a GU press release.

The Aquaculture & Biodiversity Centre was started with a mission to promote applied research in the field of aquaculture for developing sustainable & diversified freshwater aquaculture practices to enhance productivity and income, it added.

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