The Punjab government will bring 1,000-acre saline and waterlogged area under fish farming in the year 2014-15.
Under the crop diversification programme, Rs 4 crore had been released in the year 2013-14 to bring 600 acres of saline and waterlogged area under fish culture by providing the participating farmers with 90% subsidy, Gulzar Singh Ranike, state minister for animal husbandry, fish farming and dairy development, said here on Sunday. "This year, we'll increase the area to 1,000 acres," he added.
Ranike also said the state government was giving away 50% subsidy for creating new fish farms, since fish farming had a huge potential for boosting agricultural income. The state government had sanctioned `64 crore for Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) in the current budget to promote crop diversification and the allied-sector agriculture, he further claimed, adding that the chief minister had also approved to constitute a nine-member executive committee led by the financial commissioner for animal husbandry, fisheries and dairy development to ensure effective implementation of the decisions.
The minister said the state government had planned to create 14 modernized government fish seed farms, of which one each would be at Rayke Kalan (Bathinda), Mallwal (Ferozepur), Hayatnagar (Gurdaspur), Dosanjh Nabha (Patiala), Mohi (Ludhiana), Faridkot, and Rajasansi (Amritsar) at a cost of `18.34 crore in the year 2014-15, while another seven projects would be taken up next year.