Gambusia Fish seedlings released to prevent malaria/dengue in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, September 29, 2020: The Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Department of Chandigarh, in co-ordination with Forest Department , initiated steps to fight against mosquito borne diseases like malaria, dengue which are common in the ongoing season.
The Fisheries department released Mosquito Killer fish (Gambusia) at Butterfly Park, Sector 26, Botanical Garden Dhanas, Rose Garden, Sector: 16 today for preventing malaria/dengue and to maintain ecological balance.
The Gambusia fish will be released in other water
points shortly. Dr. Abdul Qayum, Deputy Conservator Forest and Tejdeep Singh Saini, Director Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, U.T. Chandigarh were present on the occasion.
Dr. Abdul Qayum appreciated the efforts of the Animal Husbandry Department for playing an active role in conservation of the ecology of Sukhna wetland.
The problem of mosquitoes breeding in clear water, especially Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which carry the dengue virus can be controlled in an ecological manner through Gambusia fishes.
Tejdeep Singh Saini stated that the Gambusia is being produced at Fish Seed Farm at Regulator end Sukhna Lake functioning under .U.T. Fisheries Department .
The department breeds this fish in March and then releases it up to December as per requirement.
He also informed that in the Northern region, Govt. Fish Seed Farm is the only farm which breeds the rare fishes and supplies to several agencies, free of cost for stocking in stagnant water bodies to prevent mosquito breeding.
On the occasion, Dr Kanwarjit Singh Joint Director of Animal Husbandry & Fisheries apprised that Gambusia has a voracious appetite; an adult mosquito fish can eat up to 150 mosquito larvae in an 8 hour period.
This makes them an excellent biological tool for mosquito control because the fish consume the larvae before they have a chance to develop into adult mosquitoes. He further appealed to public to approach the Fish Seed Farm for collecting mosquito fish for releasing at stagnant water points, artificial fountains and ponds inside houses to check and control mosquito breeding.

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