Shimla: Trout fish of Himachal Pradesh is in great demand for the coming Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi. Already Himachal Pradesh has bagged big orders for supply of flowers for the CWG.
While the floriculturists are upbeat, expecting a business of about Rs 30 crore during the games and apple growers having orchards in high altitude areas hope to make good profit as the apple crop in these areas matured after mid- September and the golden and red royal varieties are very juicy.
The demand of trout fish, a delicacy from the Himachal, has suddenly surged in five-star hotels in the national capital. The demand of trout fish has increased many folds as compared to normal season, mainly due to increased demand from CWG organisers and hoteliers in Delhi, a spokesman of the state fishery department said.
Reared in ice cold waters in snow-fed rivers, trout fish is produced in Kullu, Shimla, Mandi and Chamba districts and the annual production was around 30 tonnes, which included 15 trout species and exotic Brown and Rainbow are found in Himachal Pradesh.
Pabbar river in Rohru and Baspa in Sangla valley and Uhl in Mandi is famous for trout fish farming which attract a large number of anglers. The department is also making efforts to popularise the angling of the golden Maher in the Pong Dam reservoir in Kangra valley.