SRINAGAR: The state in near future will need a qualified manpower to manage its ever-growing aquaculture in private sector that is now being eyed by leading business houses in the state.
This was disclosed by the Joint Director Projects, Bashir Ahmad Bhat while inaugurating a 25-day skill development tanning course here, for youth having degrees in Bio-sciences from different districts.
He said that given the fact that government sector of fisheries in the state, over the years, has developed an infrastructure that has been boosting the private sector providing inputs to farmers to set up carp as well as trout farms, “the need of the hour is to train youth who not only could carve a carrier out of fish rearing or utilise their skills in the growing private sector”, adding that fisheries were now eying investment from major business houses in the state that may need significant manpower to manage the farms.
Joint Director Fisheries Territorial, Muhamamd Amin Mir while interacting with the participants said that aquaculture offers ample opportunity for employment and income generation to youth. He said that entry of highly qualified youth “will certainly help to grow the sector on professional lines”.
Referring to his own induction to the department in 1986, he said that the department in those days had begun its journey after separating from the forest department and “once it began functioning independently it over these decades has managed to grow significantly”.
“The same now needs to be replicated in the private sector for which highly qualified educated youth must be acquainted,” he said.
One of the participants, Junaid Yaseen, who has done masters in Zoology hailing from Bijbehera area Anantnag district, said that given that many trout-rearing units have come up in his area, he hoped that the training would prove useful to him.
“Once I get know-how, I could make my mind on to set up this venture as our place has a sufficient supply of cold water to raise a trout unit at my village,” he said.
Earlier the co-ordinator of the programme and Chief Project Officer, Gagribal, MM Bazaz told Kashmir Reader that twenty five highly qualified youth have been selected for this almost month-long training conducted by the Regional Fish Farmers Development Agency, Kashmir division programme and sponsored by the National Fish Development Board.
He said that aim of the programme is to educate these youth not only the proper rearing of fish but their management and marketing as well.
Bazaz said that given the good returns one gets from fish rearing, he hoped that these youth could not only generate employment for themselves but employ more youth.
He hailed the efforts put in by the Director Fisheries, R N Pandita who ensured that this programme was started at the earliest.
He added that the department over the years is not only importing trout seed to neighbouring states and north-eastern regions in India, but has also imported it to Bhutan.
“Recently a batch of trout seed was dispatched to Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries Research Centre, Bhimtal, Uttarakhad,” he said.
The programme was also attended by several assistant directors and officials including Zahoor Ahamd, Nahida Akhtar, Ghulam Jeelani Pandith.