Punjab fisheries department has chalked out a comprehensive plan to establish an ultramodern fish market at a cost of Rs 3 crore, in Ludhiana in collaboration with National Fish Development Board.
Deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari on Tuesday said, “The move has been planned to boost fishery business and facilitate fish farmers across the state.”
The upcoming fish market would be equipped with modern facilities such as an ice factory, chilling room, water harvest, water treatment plant, a rest house and an office.
Tewari said, “Ludhiana is a leading district in the state in promoting fishery as an agricultural allied activity in a big way.”
Disclosing this, Tewari informed that three farmers from the district Darshan Singh, Kanwaljit Singh Sidhu and Rajvinderpal Singh won the national award for their remarkable performance in developing their fish farms thus promoting fish culture in the state.
Tewari added that the department had already established a fish seed farm at Mohi village in the district to provide adequate quality fish seed to the farmers running fishery business in the surrounding areas.
Tewari claimed that this centre had supplied fish seed worth Rs 25.04 lakh to the fish farms at subsidised rates during the year 2012-13.
He also informed that with the concerted efforts of the district administration about 860.80 hectare area had been brought under fishery during 2012-13 and about 5,183 tonnes fish had been produced against a target of 4,840 tonnes thereby providing new hopes to the farmers for diversification.
“The state government had provided Rs 43.50 lakh loan through different banks under various subsidised schemes to the beneficiaries for carrying out activities such as digging fish tanks,” said Tewari.
He further added that the state government was also providing technical training to the farmers in this trade through its uniquely designed technical courses of short duration.
Assistant director fisheries Vidiya Sagar appealed to the farmers to adopt fishery as agriculture allied business to earn more and added that for this purpose their office was providing support and guidance to all the interested farmers.