JK produces 20,000 ton fish


Jammu, Feb 15: Minister of State for Fisheries and Cooperative, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma today inspected Regional Fish Farm Development Agency (RFFDA)  Ghomnahasan, Jammu and took stock of the fish production besides the facilities available in the farm.
During his visit, the Minister interacted with Fish Farmers of Jammu District and said that the fish production of the State has touched new high of 19850 ton which includes 258 ton trout fish.
He said 300 million fish seed has been produced during the current year which has been stocked in various water bodies and private fish farms, an official statement said.
The Minister asked the fish farmers to come forward and take advantage of various centrally sponsored schemes like Rahstriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and MGNREGA launched by the Centre and State Governments.
He said Rs 1.5 lakh is being provided as assistance to the farmers for establishment of Carp Unit and Rs 2.4 lakh for establishment of Trout Rearing Unit.
He assured the fish farmers that the government will provide quality fish seeds to the unit holders established in private sector, besides technical know-how by the department of Fisheries.
He said that government was committed to boost the fisheries production in the State, adding that several measures have been taken in this regard but need was to tap the potential by adopting scientific techniques.
Dr. Manohar appreciated the fish farmers for taking up fish culture and said that the fish farming will generate employment for the rural folk as it can bring huge returns for the product having huge demand in the market.  
He said having quality protein, fish has great demand in the state and proper boost to the aquaculture will help reduce the gap between the demand and supply of fish in the State.
He said that the State will be able to export the fish particularly the Trout even to the foreign countries.
Earlier, the Minister convened a meeting of the district heads of the Jammu Division and reviewed the overall functioning of the department.
Director Fisheries R K Dogra apprised the Minister about   various development activities of the department through power-point presentation.
He was informed that 752 carp and 197 trout rearing units have been established under various schemes in private sector in the State. He was also informed that 2485 fishermen have been provided assistance for construction of low cost houses and 212 insurance claims have been settled till date.
Detailed discussion was held on revenue generation and the Minister was informed that the department has earned this year  Rs. 70 lakh revenue from   Bahu-fort Aquarium till date which is expected to go up to Rs. 85 lakh     by ending March.
The Minister stressed for giving wide publicity to the Aquarium   through print and electronic media, besides publishing broachers   to attract more and more visitors to ensure high revenue generation. 
Commissioner Secretary Forest, Sheikh Eijaz Iqbal and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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