DC calls for blue revolution in district

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2014 23:54 IST

Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam, on Monday, called for blue revolution to make farming a more lucrative business.

Chairing a review meeting of the administration at the mini-secretariat here, Roojam said the present area under fish farming is 800 hectare as it has witnessed an increase of nearly 41 hectare over the area last season.

Roojam said that though most of the farmers have opted for the wheat-paddy cropping pattern, yet blue revolution will help bring more diversification in the farming sector.

"A farmer can earn almost double of what he earns under the wheat-paddy circle by opting for fish farming," Roojam said.

He said that the Punjab government is also promoting fish farming under its diversification programme. During this financial year, loans worth nearly `30.50 lakh have been provided to the fish farmers till September, he informed.

Assistant director of fisheries Amarjeet Singh Bal said the department has been providing training to more than 220 farmers across the district.

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