Fisheries minister stresses on proper guidance, awareness about fish farming

Fisheries minister stresses on proper guidance, awareness about fish farming
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Distributes 111 bicycles, 4 auto rikhshaws among registered fishermen

JAMMU: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli has stressed for providing proper guidance and awareness about fish farming among farmers so that they can be benefitted from various flagship programmes.
The minister said this while speaking at the concluding function of a “3-Day Skill Development Programme on Composite Fish Culture” held here on Wednesday.
The programme was organised by the Fisheries Department at Regional Fish Farmers Development Agency with the assistance of National Fisheries Development Board, an official handout read.
The minister said that the government was committed to promote fish culture in the state for which several initiatives had already been taken and various programmes were in pipeline.
He said, “Jammu and Kashmir has a huge scope of fish farming but the need is to provide proper guidance and latest techniques to the interested farmers,” adding there was immense scope for promoting the cold as well as warm water fisheries across the state owing to its varied agro-climatic condition. Kohli said such training programme could help the farmers boost fish farming, improving their socio-economic conditions. He said, “By adopting pisciculture, it will not only help to increase the income but also create employment opportunities to the unemployed educated youth.”
Several flagship programmes have been launched by Government of India and state government with the aim to improve socio-economic conditions of the people of the weaker sections of the society, the minister said adding that instructions had already been given to the administration to aware general masses about these schemes so that they could be benefited. He also appealed the people to come forward and take advantage of these welfare schemes.
The minister also visited various stalls and appreciated the department for organising such events. He asked the fish rearing farmers that “the experience gained during the training programme should reach to other fish rearing community”.
Kohli distributed 111 bicycles and 4 auto rikhshaws among the registered fishermen of various districts of Jammu division. He also gave away certificates among the participants, the handout read.
The famers present on the occasion also put forth their demands and suggestions including covering private fish farmers under Fish Insurance Scheme and proper transport facility to send their produce to markets without delay.
The minister assured them that their genuine demands would be looked into. Director Fisheries, R K Pandita also spoke on the occasion, highlighting the activities of the department, the handout added.

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