As much as 75.3 hectare of land has been increased under fish farming across Patiala district to promote fish farming as an alternate venture in Punjab.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, "850 hectares of land is under fish farming in the district at present. The district administration has launched a number of welfare schemes for fish farmers to give impetus to the blue revolution."
According to him, fish farming is considered to be more lucrative than the traditional crop pattern of wheat and paddy.
"In the financial year 2014-15, loans amounting to Rs 35 lakh were disbursed to fish farmers till January. Short-duration technical training was also imparted to 304 fish farmers," said the deputy commissioner.
"A trend has already been set in favour of diversifying agricultural land to fish farming. Farmers are adopting intensive fish culture in ponds and tanks on modern scientific lines," he added.
He further informed that about 2,100 ton fish was produced in natural fish farms and 5,687 ton in cultivated fish farms in the district last year.
Meanwhile, a subsidy of Rs 2.63 lakh has been provided to fish farmers under national fish development board, Roojam said.