Allahabad Regional Centre of CIFRI conducted multiple fisheries development activities in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh under Tribal Sub Plan.
The tribal belt is spread over 300 km2 and located near international Indo-Nepal border in close vicinity of Dudhwa National Park. The area is inhabited by 99 % Tharu population, spreads in about 40 hamlets and 15 Gramsabhas. THARU's
are an ethenic tribal group concentrated to southern foothills (Terai) of Indo-Nepal border. The tribal area is blessed with plenty of water resources including about 90 ponds of different sizes, rivers, tributaries and wetlands. Besides fish farming, most of the tribals are also engaged in fishing activities in the nearby Mohana and Sharda rivers and connected wetlands. The tharu's
are fond of non-vegetarian food, hence apart from fish and crabs, 25 species of molluscs are reportedly consumed by some of the tribals in the area.