Srinagar: Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala on Friday stressed the need of adopting fish farming activity that can contribute significantly in increasing the farmers’ income in J&K.
Describing the importance of Kashmir region as an epicenter for development of cold water fisheries, Union Minister Rupala said that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, various steps are being taken up by the Central Government for enhancing the productivity as well income of the fishers.
Special subsidy component has been kept for the Cold water states and Union Territories to attract more farmers for adopting fisheries as profitable ventures, Rupala said during his visit to Baramulla district for Public Outreach programme on Friday.
He also made operational the Aquarium cum Awareness centre established at Trout Fish Farm Tangmarg for the upcoming summer season during his visit today.
Rupala said that farmers would be made more resourceful through implementation of various schemes for marketing of Trout and also for its export to other states to get remunerative prices for their produce.
Appreciating the Department of Fisheries, he said that J&K is the leader in production of Trout and successful implementation of various centrally and UT Sponsored schemes and proposed technological interventions under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) clearly reflect the pro-farmer approach of the present government.
Mohammad Farooq Dar, Director Fisheries, Purnima Mittal, Director Animal Husbandry, Kashmir and other senior officers of the department were present on the occasion.
The Union Minister also inspected the Trout Rearing Unit Tangmarg and reviewed various Fisheries development schemes and activities being implemented in the district. He also had an exclusive interactive session with farmers.
He distributed fishing material among 39 beneficiaries including 14 women covered under beneficiary oriented schemes of PMMSY.
On the occasion, the Union Minister instructed the officers to prepare estimates and submit DPR for upgradation of Fish Farm Bella, Baramulla, which was damaged during the floods of 2014.
Earlier, Union Minister distributed sanction orders amounting Rs. 193.1 lakh in favour of 28 beneficiaries of Baramulla under various components of PMMSY/UT CAPEX scheme