Monday, 22 February 2016

Fish Farming gets a Boost in Punjab

Fish Farming gets a Boost in Punjab
Fish farming is looking up in the state of Punjab, where it is mainly being taken up by the farming community as allied activity for diversification. It is done on land used for agriculture land in low lying areas and in village ponds.

The Punjab government has been working for the fish farmers and had last year come up with the free insurance scheme which covers all fish farmers through Fishcofed. It came as a welcome decision for 8000 fish farmers in the state.

Keeping their interest in mind the government has recently come up with another project as per which they would train fish farmers for preparing fish products.

In the said project scientists from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University for training farmers in preparing food items from raw fish. The government has also announced a grant of Rs 5.86 crore which would be put to use for renovation of Punjab’s biggest fish-breeding farm at Fatehgarh Sahib.

Under the free insurance scheme the premium is being paid by the government. Last year the government covered over 3000 fish farmers in 14 districts of Punjab, including Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Patiala, Roopnagar, Amritsar, Moga, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Faridkot and Bathinda.

As per the free insurance policy, a relief of Rs 10,000 is given for fish farmers towards their hospitalization and the Punjab government is contributing 50 percent towards its premium as the government offers 50 percent subsidy for all its districts.

There is a special attraction for those having 1 acre land being used for fish farming they get Rs 60,000 for digging as per the decision and also 20,000 for feed purposes and 18,000 for purchase of aerator.

As per this special insurance scheme the family of a fish farmer is compensated with Rs 2 lakh compensation in case of death while Rs 1 lakh is given in case of permanent handicap. The scheme provides for Rs 10,000 in case a fish farmer is hospitalized. The Punjab government is contributing 50 percent of the premium.

The biggest fish breeding farm which has not been renovated since 1990 when it was built as per Kesar Singh Kheri, Assistant Director, Fisheries, Fatehgarh Sahib and it will take two months for renovation work to be completed.

In the state of Punjab fish is consumed mainly by migrants and the government has decided to come up with an ornamental fish unit at a cost of Rs 13.5 lakh, which will be another unique venture to encourage the fish farming community.

As per estimates, about 4000 to 6000 fish can be kept in a one acre pond and 25 quintals fish can be produced per acre in a year. This can help in earning Rs 65,000 profit about Rs 1 lakh as selling price for fish is Rs 100 per kg in wholesale market.

 Box: Promoting Fish Farming in Punjab

  •  8000 fish farmers to benefit from insurance
  •  50 per cent subsidy on fish farming
  •  Renovation plan for state’s fish breeding farm
  •  Ornamental Fish Unit to be set up in the state
  •  Hatchery Complex worth 27 lakh already built
  •  Department supplies 1000 breed in Rs 100

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