Touching a business of `136 crore, fish farming provided full-time self employment to 5238 fishermen in major reservoirs of the state last year, an official spokesmperson said Saunday.
While 2652 fishermen were employed at the Govind Sagar dam, 2479 were provided jobs at Pong dam, 74 at Chamera and 33 fishermen got employed at the Maharaja Ranjeet Sagar dam.
“In the last two years, 16818.32 metric tonnes of fish worth `136.28 crore were produced in the state along with 490.74 metric tonne trout fish in forest department farms, the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson said following the success of rainbow trout farming technique in the state, 100 trout units have been installed in private sector.
“The state is encouraging youth to adopt fish farming as self-employment for which numerous incentives are being made available. Out of total 12 fish seed farms six are trout farms while the other six are carp farms,” the spoeksperson added.
Major fish species available in the streams of Himachal Pradesh are trout, mahasheer, barilus, glyptothorax.
Government provides financial assistance to the fishermen during the off season. Financial assistance worth `1800 is distributed to the fishermen in two installments under saving and relief scheme. The government also provides training and technical guidance to entrepreneurs who take to fish farming. Besides, the government also provides financial assistance for renovation of ponds and tanks, to construct repare a new ponds and to establish fish feed units.