eNarada, Bengaluru, August 20, 2016
Cultured pearls have literally overtaken the natural pearls. In fact, most of the pearls used today are cultured pearls while those from nature account less than 1/1000th of a per cent of pearls available in the market.
Now, it is your chance to go for a pearl farm in your neighborhood.
Freshwater pearl production can be started in land area as small as 50 square metres, few thousand litres of water, lesser investment and almost-no-labour. It can be integrated with table/ornamental fish culture in existing/new water bodies of manageable size. It is better to be started on a small scale, without affecting the regular occupation.
Utilising their established demonstration unit, the Inland Fisheries Unit (Main Research Station), University of Agricultural Sciences, Hebbal, Bengaluru-24 conducts a regular four-day hands-on training programme to impart both knowledge and skill on freshwater pearl production.
The programme will be held in batches consisting of 12 members each, on first-come-first-served basis. The training fee is Rs 8,000 (inclusive of food and dormitory accommodation). Interested candidates can contact Professor Dr.B.V. Krishnamurthy on 080-23515644 or 09448377863 between 10 am-4 pm, according to a release.