SRINAGAR: The fish production in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 20,000 MT, with the Fisheries Department earning a revenue of Rs 4.74 crore during the last fiscal, the government said Friday.
The information was shared by the Director Fisheries in a review meeting of the department held in Jammu.
He said 440 lakh fish seeds have been produced during the current year, and they have been stocked in various water bodies and private fish farms.
The state, he said, has already achieved a breakthrough in commercial Trout production by establishing Village Trout Farming Project at Kokernag, which is one of the biggest Trout projects in Asia and serves as the Mother Production Centre in the state.
He said the department introduced Carp fish culture in private sector by constructing demonstration ponds. Subsequently, he added, the scheme was taken up under the Prime Minister’s Employment Programme, covering more than 970 beneficiaries and developing 362 Trout units under private sector till date.
The department has successfully propagated Trout culture in the private sector to provide livelihood avenues to the educated, unemployed youth, he said.
“Presently, the beneficiaries are provided with a onetime package of Rs 1.50 lakh for Carp ponds, which includes construction cost, provision of inlet and outlet, feed, and seed equipment. In Trout culture, the beneficiaries are provided with a package of Rs 2.40 lakh including construction of one pair of concrete raceways, feed, seed, and equipment,” he said.
Chairing the meeting, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sajad Gani Lone, said the government would encourage fish farming in private sector to boost local economy.
“Concerted efforts would be made to promote fish farming as a supplementary crop along with upgrading marketing centres in the state. Rearing of Trout would be also given fillip in private sector to generate employment and revenue,” Lone said.
The Minister asked the concerned authorities to provide quality fish seeds and technical knowhow to the unit holders in private sector.
He also called for extending full benefits of the schemes like Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and MGNREGA to the farmers and fishermen for promoting fish farming in the state on a bigger scale.
Lone asked the officers to use “innovative means” to popularize aquaculture, especially in the rural areas.
It can bring huge returns as the product is having enormous demand in the market, he said, adding the state will be able to export fish, particularly Trout, even to foreign countries.
Highlighting importance of blue revolution (fish production) in boosting JK’s economy, the Minister asked the officers to ensure awareness about the importance and benefits of fish culture with emphasis on water quality and disease management in fish ponds.
He called for wide publicity to the Bagh-e-Bahu Aquarium through print and electronic media, and broachers to attract more and more visitors for high revenue generation.