The state government has started free training facilities, subsidised bank loans and time-to-time technical expertise to encourage fish farming in the state.
This was stated here on Wednesday by assistant director, fish farming, Brij Bhushan Goyal, while inspecting the recently cultivated fish farms in 58 acres of land in Ghabda village.
He said the National Fisheries Development Board was offering a subsidy of `60,000 (20%) per hectare to farmers of the general category and 25% or ` 75,000 per hectare to the farmers belonging to the scheduled castes and backward classes. A fish farm on one hectare costs about `3 lakh.
He said that the government has also offered subsidy of 20% on `75,000 to the farmers of general category for the upkeep of panchayati ponds. The farmers of scheduled castes and backward classes get subsidy of 25% on `18,750 for the maintenance of the village ponds cultivated for fish farming. He also said that the state government would raise the subsidy from 20% to 50% shortly.
He said that a fish farmer was given a subsidy of `10,000 per hectare for the fish feed. He also said that any farmer setting up a new hatchery was also given a subsidy of `2.40 lakh per unit.
He also said that in Ghabda village, farmers Mahesh Pal Singh and Karamjit Singh have cultivated fish farms over 26 acres and 11 acres of land respectively. The other successful farmers Paramjit Singh have cultivated fish farms in four acres while Hazara Khan in five acres on the shamlat land on the contract basis.