Lucknow, Apr 3 (UNI) To promote pisciculture, especially in the private space, Uttar Pradesh pisciculturists were distributed a total of 102 crore improved fish seeds in the last fiscal.
Official sources here today said 17 crores fish seeds were produced in the state fisheries department hatcheries.
With private collaboration, modern fisheries laboratories are also being set-up in every district for testing of fish species.
The UP government is also contemplating linking pisciculture with the 'Bhoomi Sena Yojna' to bring a turn around in the sector.
Under the 'Bhoomi Sena Yojna', the state government engages local labourers and farm hands to work up the barren and unusable tracts of land and turn them cultivable. This project has multi-pronged benefits viz employment at the local level and augmented farm land.
Sources claimed about 54 hectares of water-logged areas would be made available for pisculture under the Yojna. The scheme would first be implemented in Hardoi district as a pilot project.
In the last 50 yrs, most UP reservoirs have not been renovated.
The task would be taken up in right earnest on the lines of Andhra Pradesh to implement this ambitious plan, sources added.
Meanwhile, the state government has sanctioned a Rs 22 crore scheme to provide marketing facilities to small pisciculturists.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) was also financing an ambitious project for setting up of smaller fish markets all over UP.
The project aimed at saving pisciculturists from exploitation by middlemen and introducing organised fish marketing.
The state government had planned to set up more than 50 fish markets, including 12 large units, to control larger volumes of fish related trade, state fisheries department officials said.
To preserve fish products, the cold chain would be maintained by constructing cold storages at all major fish markets.
Marketing units were also planned in Delhi and Ghaziabad to sell fish seed to buyers from other states including Rajasthan and Gujarat.
At present fish production averages between 15-40 kg per hectare, which would be doubled with modern technological inputs in the sector, sources claimed.
The setting up of at least 100 nurseries and 50 hatcheries has also been planned in UP.
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