Promote economically viable fish species: Bhagat

JAMMU: To commemorate the World Fisheries Day, the Department of Fisheries organised an awareness programme here at Bahu Fort on Tuesday, an official handout read.
The programme was attended by Commissioner/Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, R. K. Bhagat as chief guest, while as Director Environment and Remote Sensing O. P. Sharma was the guest of honor. Director Fisheries, R. N. Pandita was also present on the occasion.
According to the handout, the commissioner/secretary highlighted the importance of role of the fisheries department for conservation and promotion of fish culture in the state.
He said it is an endeavor of the government to “promote and develop various species of fish which are economically viable in the state”.
He said, “Fisheries is one of the most viable income generation sectors in the state and large number of unemployed entrepreneurs are showing interest in this activity.”
This sector has also been flagged in other schemes including, PM’s Package, RKVY (NMPS), Blue Revolution, ATMA and Mission Fingerling, etc. for the benefits of unemployed youth and farmers, the handout read.
Bhagat said that various steps have been taken by the department to make the state self-sufficient in fish production including construction of Fish Farms, Fish Seed Hatcheries’, Brood Banks etc. He said the department is also providing logistic and technical support to the fish farmers as well as professional fishermen by providing various incentives like imparting of training, provision of By-cycles, Auto Rickshaws’, Nylon Twine, Tool Kits etc. He said the department is also making efforts for upliftment of the downtrodden fishermen community and have been provided Low Cost Houses, Scholarships and Insurance Cover also.