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Kerala Steps Up to Boost Inland Fish Production

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INDIA - The State government has initiated steps to increase fish production from inland water bodies to 2.5 lakh tonnes annually.

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Speaking after launching the Matsya Samridhi scheme, the Chief Minister, Mr Oommen Chandy, said the current fish production in the State is to the tune of 1.5 lakh tonnes and this needs to be improved for ensuring food safety in the State, reports HinduBusinessLine.

The distribution of seedlings and extending insurance cover for fish farmers are also important components of the programme and the State Fisheries Department will take steps in this direction, he said.

The insurance premium of one hectare fish farm will be Rs 4,000. The contribution of the State government will be Rs 3,000 and the farmer will have to pay Rs 1,000.

The Union Minister of State for Food, Prof K.V. Thomas, suggested on the occasion that the scientific advancements should reach the fisheries sector for improving the fish production.

Some of the States have overtaken Kerala in terms of fish production and the State should make use of the scientific advancements for regaining its position in the sector, he added.

The State Fisheries Minister, Mr K. Babu, said that an aqua culture policy will soon be formulated for the State. The expert committees formed for the purpose will submit their report within three months, he said.