The national federation of fisheries operation, union ministry of agriculture, organised a seven-day training for fish farmers at the office of assistant director of fisheries on Tajpur Road.
Out of the total 100 fish farmers enrolled for training, 76 were women. Kanwaljit Singh, member of the Planning Commission of India, for working group for development of inland, fresh and cold water fishery for five-year plan, said, "In this camp, we made farmers aware about the new government schemes and trained them technically for fish farming. It must be for the first time that women in such large numbers participated in the camp."
Singh said insurance of the fishermen and women was also done. "This insurance now covers accident, dog bites, snake bites, death due to electricity and drowning," he said, adding that government provided 50% subsidy on the loan provided to start with fish farming.
The women were told about the financial assistance being provided by the government on state and central level.
Manisha Devi, who is doing fish farming on a small scale in the city, said, "When I was told about this camp I thought I should attend it. I learnt many new things and came to know that government is providing subsidies and facilities to start fish farming."
Another fish farmer, Uma was happy that she attended the camp and said not only the fish but its byproducts could also be produced by them.
Jaiprakash, president, Fish Farmers' Association in the district, said, "Now the members are encouraging their wives to step out for training. If both work together it could easily fetch handsome income that will raise their level of living and provide good education to the children."
Senior fisheries officer Satwant Kaur said this response had showed them the way to form an organisation for the fish farming women. Kaur said earlier they had planned training on fish farming only, but seeing the large number of women they would be providing training on post-production of fish that included fish pickle, jams, soup, papad and other products.