Principal Secretary, fisheries department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, on Thursday laid foundation of Rs 6.3 crore trout project at Shokbaba, Bandipora.
According to an official spokesperson, the project is funded by National Hydel Power Project Limited (NHPC).
In the first phase, work is being executed on construction of feed mill building, feed store, two pairs of raceways, besides purchase and installation of feed mill with project cost of Rs 1.3 crore in Bandipora while as in Gurez, construction of survey hut, two pairs of raceways, feed store, farm hut and laying of 300 mm pipeline is being executed in the first phase at a cost of Rs 1.3 crore, the spokesperson said.
Principal Secretary also handed over vehicle to the department to facilitate private fish unit holders.
During the tour of the area, Samoon also stocked 6000 Rainbow trout seed in a private trout unit at Sumlar, Bandipora. He inspected indoor rearing hatchery at Shokbaba.
Samoon said that fish production in J&K has reached to 20,700 ton which includes 500 ton trout. He said efforts are on to revive the fisheries sector in the state, especially in Bandipora district where great potential for fish farming is available. He said that a fishermen colony will be developed at Bandipora as a welfare measure for fishermen of the district.
The principal secretary also took stock of departmental activities at a review meeting with officers of the fisheries department. The AD Fisheries on the occasion informed that 60 fish units have so for been established in private sector. While as 21 registered fishermen will get financial assistance under Blue Revolution scheme during current year. As many as 150 bicycles, four auto rickshaws and seven fiber glass boats have been provided to the fishermen of the district during last year.