Need to provide guidance, latest techniques to interested fish farmers: Fisheries minister
SRINAGAR: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli on Wednesday visited Demonstration Fish Farm Pandach where Fish Farmers Development Agency (FFDA) had organized a 3-day Skill Development Programme on composite fish culture.
According to an official press note, the capacity building programme was sponsored by National Fish Seed Development Board, Hyderabad in which 50 farmers including women from 10 districts of the valley participated.
While interacting with farmers, the minister exhorted to increase the frequency and scope of such programmes. “Such programmes lead to exchange of inter-personal experience of cultural practices and dissemination of latest methods in fish farming,” he said.
On the occasion, the minister also distributed a compensation cheque of Rs 1 lakh to a fisherman who had met with an accident during fishing. He said that focused attention is being given to promote fish culture in the state and in this regard various flagship programmes including Blue Revolution Scheme has been introduced in the state.
He said the government is committed to promote the fish culture in the state. “There is a huge scope of fish farming in the state but need is to provide guidance and latest techniques to interested farmers,” he said. He called for proper guidance and awareness to the fishing farmers.
Kohli said boosting of fish farming will improve socio-economic conditions of the farmers besides creating employment opportunities to the unemployed educated youth. “Come forward and take advantage of the welfare schemes launched by the state and centre,” he appealed the farmers.
According to the press note, the farmers put forth their demands and suggestions which include covering private fish farmers under Fish Insurance Scheme. They also appealed the minister to provide proper transportation facility to private farmers so that they could send their produce to markets without delay. The minister assured them that their genuine demands would be looked into.
Taking detailed appraisal about the 3-day programme, the minister was informed that the programme is imparted by the Fish Farmers Development Agency at Demonstration Centre Pandach where diverse activities of fish culture like trout, carp and ornamental fish rearing is being carried out on demonstration basis. The farm has unique feasibility parameter where all these activities are practised at the same site. The training programme includes practical training demonstration lectures, field visits, debates and discussions, question and answers, dissemination and distribution of fish culture material like brochures, manuals and other allied reading materials. The minister also distributed certificates of participation among the participants of the programme.
Earlier, the minister launched a good number of fingerlings of silver fish and golden carp into newly constructed fish pond at Pandach, Srinagar.