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Parsa To Implement Mega Fishery Project

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INDIA - A fishery programme and special pond construction plan is being implemented in Parsa district to make people self-reliant through fisheries and bring about positive changes in farmers' lifestyles to reduce poverty.

A budget has already been released for this. Senior crop development officer of the District Agriculture Development Office of Parsa Bijaya Kumar Srivastav said Rs. 1.658 has been apportioned to provide subsidies to farmers, reports the Himalayan Times.

New ponds will be constructed in a 15 hectare area in the district this year as part of the programme, he said. "Special priority has been given to implement the campaign-oriented programme in pocket areas of fish production."

Farmers will be trained to arm them with know-how of fishery and the government will provide subsidy of Rs. 100,000 to each 15 hectares for fish farming.

"In response to our call for applications, a total of 56 farmers have applied for the construction of new ponds in 54 bighas of land," said technical assistant of the fishery programme, Dayaram Harijan.

"But subsidies will be provided to farmers to build new ponds only in 22 bighas of land this year," he said.

Programme director of Fishery Development Directorate, Ramananda Mishra said that Nepali consumers have to rely on imported fish as the production at home is below than the demand. Thus, the government brought in this campaign-oriented fishery programme, he said.

As of now it is estimated that 833 ponds have been constructed by 716 farmers in 230 hectares in the district. According to the agriculture office, Parsa produces around 7,000 metric tonnes of fish in a year.