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Youngsters encouraged into fish production

INDIA - The Jammu and Kashmir Fisheries Department has decided to encourage young people to set up fish farms in the state.

Director of Fisheries T Angchook said efforts are being made to further boost the fish production in the State. He said the fisheries department is ready to provide infrastructural support to unemployed youngsters who are interested in setting up their own fish farms.

Mr Angchook said the fisheries department will provide Rs 1.20 lakh to each beneficiary for setting up their income generating unit under the Prime Minister’s package. He said more than 14,000 people are engaged in fish trade in Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Angchook said the Department has set up a long-term perspective plan for the development of fisheries in the State.

He said five-year and annual plans have been submitted to the Government with defined strategies for the development of cold water fisheries, propagation of fish culture in private sector and revival of endemic fishes like schizothorax, mahaseer fisheries, recreational fisheries and also providing marketing facilities.

The department has, however, completed mega projects of trout fish farming project at Kokernag, two national fish seed farms at Kathua and Manasbal and the aquarium-cum-awareness centre at Bahu Fort, Jammu.

Besides this, 28 trout rearing units and 18 other fish farms where form quality fish seed is stocked into various water bodies including fish ponds of private fish farms in all the districts, he added.