Srinagar to get whole sale fish market, retail fish sale centres: Samoon

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today said that summer capital Srinagar would soon get a whole sale fish market and retail hygienic fish sale centres.

Chairing a high level review meeting of Department of Fisheries, Dr Samoon impressed upon establishing of whole sale fish market and retail hygienic fish sale centres and also providing storage space to the whole sale fish traders in Srinagar city.

Dr Samoon said that the whole sale fish market has been approved by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) at an estimated cost of Rs. 250 lakhs on 90:10 sharing pattern.

Regarding the retail market outlets of fish in Srinagar city, the officials informed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir  that four sites at Chattabal, Karan Nagar, Parimpora and Haft Chinar have been identified and selected for establishment of hygienic retail sale outlets with all modern facilities. The officials informed that the process was on for the establishment of retail fish markets in other districts.

“Two such market outlets have been constructed in district Anantnag  and one in district Bandipora. In other districts, the identification of land/ preparation of DPRs is in progress,” officials said. As such, a fully equipped market chain with the latest available technology in this field will be established in Kashmir Division having main whole sale/ retail market of fish at Srinagar and retail markets in each district so that the fish produced in the valley will be available to local consumers in hygienic condition and the export of trout shall be taken up to other states in near future.

The officials informed the meeting that the total fish catch of Kashmir Division per year is 15.36 (000 tonnes) with total registered fishermen of 6681 Nos. including 262 tonnes of trout produced from government and private fish farms.

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