RAJOURI, DEC 3: The Department of Fisheries organized Regional Level “Kissan Mela-cum-Exhibition” for fishermen under Centrally Sponsored Scheme ATMA here at Dak Bungalow today in which a large number of fishermen from Rajouri and adjacent areas participated.
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli, was the Chief Guest in the Mela.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the government is giving tremendous importance to the fisheries sub sector, in the backdrop of employment opportunities offered by it, adding that efforts are afoot, both at Central and State level to strengthen the existing infrastructure to boost the Pisciculture in the state.
Kohli said that there is immense scope to promote all types of fisheries in view of State’s varied agro climatic conditions.
The Minister said 80% population will earn from the agriculture and allied sub sectors including Animal, Sheep and Fisheries’ and will live a dignified life. He stressed on implementation of the centrally and state sponsored schemes so that youth of the state are attracted towards this vital sector.
Kohli said that organizing Melas, Programmes, camps, seminars, and conferences are pivotal for knowledge dissemination, besides an appropriate forum for exchange of ideas regarding new developments and technological advancements which in turn help in skill up-gradation of target group.
The Minister distributed 60 cycles among the fishermen. The Minister also inspected various stalls erected by the department during Mela.
The Director Fisheries R. N. Pandita also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of the Mela. He said a total of 3700 fishermen have been trained under the ATMA scheme during 2016-17 for which an amount of Rs. 19.00 lakh was incurred during the year, besides, 900 fisher folks have been trained in various activities of fisheries like fish culture, hygienic handling under NFDB funding during the same period.
He said the mission targets increase in production of fingerlings, development of hatcheries besides, scientific interventions by resorting to Re-circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS) & Solar power support system. He said the mission also contemplates to establishment of Brood Bank for various species of fishes.
The Director said that Neel Kranti envisages increasing area under Pond Aquaculture while simultaneously creating employment avenues in private sector especially for the youth. He said one of the key features of the scheme is to support the fishers and sizeable area of Ponds and Sars is being renovated for revival of fishers, besides, supplementing the efforts by way of providing input costs both for new as well as renovated ponds.
Additional District Development Commissioner, Rajouri Avtar Singh and other Senior Officers of the Fisheries Department and district administration were present on the occasion.