To promote fish farming, the state government plans to set up a new hatchery complex at a cost of Rs 25 lakh in fish farm Hariana, and a model fish pond in Thakri village, assistant director fisheries department Raj Kumar said here on Wednesday. He claimed that fish farming was a profitable business and was gaining ground in Punjab.
Raj Kumar said that in Hoshiarpur district, fish farming was being done in 576 hectares and the department had raised and distributed 42.10 lakh fishlings of different varieties to the farmers from the Hariana fish farm, which yielded 2,975 tonnes of fish, he claimed.
He added that the department earned an income Rs 10.72 crore from the auction of fishing areas in Beas river and check dams in the district. Farmers were helped with bank loans if they adopted fish farming, he said and claimed panchayats could use the village ponds for fish culture to augument income.