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Aquaculture training programme for farmers

INDIA - Commissioner of Fisheries P Sundar Kumar has said that efforts are being laid to bring over one lakh acres under pisciculture in the district reports New India Press.

Inaugurating the training programme for farmers and officials at Sub-Collector’s office on Wednesday, he said aquaculture has been serving as an alternative to agriculture and providing additional revenue to farmers. He said the fisheries department has been making efforts to bring one lakh acres under aquaculture and develop subsidiary units to provide additional revenue to farmers.

He said the Central Government has been spending Rs 2,000 crore for the development of aqua culture. Over Rs 47 lakh would be spent to impart six days training to one thousand aqua farmers in the state. To improve marketing facilities fish stalls would be set up in all cities and towns and fish stalls in tourist places. The fish stalls would be named as Vijaya Fish.

The commissioner said proposals were sent to set up aqua laboratories at Nellore, Ongole and Bhimavaram. A similar training programme would be organised at Hyderabad on December 29.

Joint Director of Fisheries V Ragothama Swamy, additional director Ramgopal Rao, deputy director B Sudharsan, assistant director Parthasarathi and others were present.

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