Haryana raises target of fish production

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Chandigarh, Sep 10 (UNI) The Haryana Fisheries Department has fixed a target to raise the level of fish production from 61,000 metric tonnes in 2007-08 to 68,000 metric tonnes by the end of the current financial year, keeping a growth rate of ten per cent.

Stating this here today, Agriculture Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha said fish productivity would be raised from 5,048 to 5,200 kg per hectare per year.

Similarly, water area under fish culture would be raised from 13,000 hectare to over 14,300 hectare by the end of 2008-09.

He said efforts would be made for the diversification of traditional carp fish culture to culture of high valued fish species such as Magur, Sol, Singhara, Ornamental Fish and Prawn.

Efforts would also be made for greater people's participation and generation of employment opportunities for 20,000 families as full time and for 60,000 families as part time.

Fish Culture would be promoted in a big way in the state as it was more remunerative and profitable to the farmers, he added.

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