Efforts on to revive fisheries sector in JK: Samoon

Efforts on to revive fisheries sector in JK: Samoon
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Lays foundation of Rs 6.30 cr trout project in Bandipora

BANDIPORA: Principal Secretary Fisheries, Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Transport, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Thursday said efforts were on to revive the fisheries sector in the state, especially in Bandipora district which has great potential for fish farming. Samoon said that fish production in J&K has reached to 20.70 thousand tonnes which includes 500-tonnes (of) trout. He said that a fishermen colony will be developed at Bandipora as a welfare measure for fishermen of the district.
Samoon said this after laying the foundation stone of trout project at Shokbaba, Bandipora, which is being built at a cost of Rs 6.3 crore.
The project is funded by National Hydel Power Project Limited (NHPC). Technical Secretary Transport, G A Sofi, Director Fisheries Kashmir, R N Pandita and other concerned officers were present on the occasion, an official handout read.
According to an official handout, in the first phase, work is being executed on construction of feed mill building, feed store, 2 pair of raceways, besides purchase and installation of feed mill with project cost of Rs 1.3 crore in Bandipora while as in Gurez sector, construction of survey hut, 2 pairs of raceways, feed store, farm hut and laying of 300 mm pipeline is being executed in the first phase at a cost of 1.3 crore.
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 also inspected indoor rearing hatchery at Shokbaba.
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, 4 auto rickshaws and 7 fiber glass boat have been provided to the fishermen of the district during last year, the handout read.