MANASBAL: Describing Fish Farming a profitable economicactivity, The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Fisheries, Dr. ManoharLal Sharma has asked the officers to launch a massive public awareness campaign about the schemes being run by the department so that maximum people areinvolved in this viable venture. He said fish farming, having a good income potential, needs to be exploited fully in the State.
The Minister was addressing at a One Day Orientation Programme, organized by the department, at National Fish Seed Farm(NFSF)Manasbal today.
Director Fisheries, Mr R. K. Dogra, Joint Director, R. N. Pandita, Deputy Director Central, Mrs Asifa besides senior officers of the department were present on the occasion.
The Minister said that need of the hour is to make aware people, particularly educated youth, about the incentives being provided by the department to those setting up fish farms and asked officers to persuade youth towards this economic activity.
Underlining need for proper implementation of the schemes approved for the welfare of fishermen community, the Minister said that improving socio-economic condition of the fishermen communityis the priority of the Government.
The Minister also inspected Fish Feed Mill, coming up at a cost of Rs 10.70 crore in the farm. The Minister was informed that the mill, a fully automatic plant, has per day production capacity 24 tons and will go a long way in meeting the demands of the private fish pond owners, fish farmers and the department besides ensuring augmentation of fish production in the valley. The mill is expected to be commissioned by next year, he was added.
Giving the details of the achievements of the department, the Director said that 43.55 lakh fingerlings of different fish species have been produced in the ponds established in the farm and stocked in open natural water bodies of the valley besides distributing them among the fish pond owners during last financial year.
He said 39 ponds including 8 nursery ponds have been established in the farm apart from a Chinese hatchery having production capacity of 10 million eggs in one operation.
It was given out that about 163 lakh fingerlings have been produced in the farm while the department has distributed and stocked 172 lakh fingerlings in the valley so far. The department has also procured 15 lakh fingerlings during this period.
Earlier, one day orientation programme on latest methods involved in the effective extension of Fisheries activities by way of creation of infrastructure, raising of livestocks, disease and stress management, marketing etc. involved in fish culture and implementation of various schemes like RKVY and NMPS besides other centrally sponsored schemes was held at National Fish Seed Farm Manasbal, addressed by several experts of the department.
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