The department of fisheries on Tuesday said it would launch a mobile fish marketing scheme in the state soon. The department intends to make the popular white water 'A grade' fish available to residents at their doorsteps.
Presiding over a fisheries department meeting on Monday, chairman of department of state planning and chief of 20-point programme Ram Lal Thakur said the mobile fish marketing scheme would not only supply fresh products to customers, but also ensure that the fishermen community of the state makes profits. He said the National Fishery Development Board has extended Rs 1.02 crore assistance to the department for launching the scheme.
Disclosing a list of initiatives to be taken by the department, Thakur said nearly a hundred trout farms would be established in the state. He said nearly 900 fishermen would be trained to setup their own trout farms and a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh would be provided to them.
Thakur also said the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana had extended Rs 3.34 crore assistance for implementing a cage fish culture (a system in which fishes are confined to cages) in state reservoirs, launching fishery games (where fishing is carried out for recreational purposes) and promoting angling tourism, and enabling commercial farming of Rainbow Trout (a type of ray-finned fish) in high altitude areas in the state.
Divulging production and revenue figures of the department, director of the department of fisheries Gurcharan Singh said in the previous financial year, the state had harvested fish worth Rs 80.58 crore and had produced 9834.24 metric tonne of fish, which had led to a 15 percent increase in profits.
He also said there were 42,000 hectares of major reservoirs in the state, including Govind Sagar, Pong Dam, Chamera and Ranjeet Sagar, and 4,975 fishermen families under 49 cooperative societies were active in these reservoirs. He added that the fishermen were provided insurance cover for accidents up to Rs 1 lakh.