The government has taken up new schemes to make the state self-reliant in fish farming.
New water bodies are being excavated to expand fish farming area, enunciated Fisheries Minister Prem Kumar Reang after inaugurating the State-Level World Fisheries Day programme at Bhagat Singh Youth Hostel yesterday. He said, cage culture tank has been constructed for improvement of the socio-economic condition of the tribals living in nearby areas of Dumboor Lake. About 1000 kg of fish can be produced in a year from a tank. Tripura’s successful hatchery fish farmer Madhusudhan Bhattacharjee was awarded on the occasion of World Fisheries Day in Daman & Diu.
This is a matter of pride for the state. He said, per capita fish production in the state is 19.46 kg. The state government and the Fisheries department have taken various steps to fulfill the rest of the demand of the state. He said, 26 crore rupees has been funded by NABARD) for fish production in Biofloc process. Presently, its work is going on.
He said, the state government is making efforts to ensure development of the backward section of the society. The Fisheries Minister informed that schemes of the state have been discussed recently in New Delhi in National Fish Conference. Union Minister of Fisheries Purshottam Rupala has approved 10 crore rupees for the development of fish farming and water body infrastructure of the state.
MLA Dilip Kumar Das as the president of the programme said, the state government will excavate more water bodies to fulfill the demand of fish in the state. Principal Secretary of Fisheries department B. S. Mishra said, the state has favourable environment, climate and land
for fish farming. Fish worth 600 crore rupees is being imported from outside the state every year. The Fisheries department has taken different plans so that the state’s revenue does not go outside the state. Deputy General Manager of NABARD Anil Purohit said, NABARD is always standing by the fish farmers.