Blue Revolution in Tribal Area of Chandan Chouki in Uttar Pradesh
The tribal belt of Chandan Chouki in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh is spread over 300 km2 and inhabited by 99 % tharu population, in about 40 hamlets and 15 Gramsabhas. The tribal area is blessed with plenty of water resources such as about 90 ponds of different sizes (0.08 -1.5 ha), rivers, tributaries and wetlands. Besides fish farming, most of the tribal populations are also engaged in fishing activities in the nearby rivers and connected wetlands.
Tharus are fond of non-vegetarian food but local produce are insufficient to fulfill the demands. Realizing the potential of fisheries in this area for raising income of tribal populations, Allahabad Regional Centre of ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) identified this belt under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) and conducted multiple fisheries development activities in the region, since 2011-12.