Ranchi, July 10: Chief minister Hemant Soren said that the state government is working so that Jharkhand is known also in fish production, animal husbandry and progressive farming sector apart from its global recognition in terms of mineral sector.
Addressing fish farmers in all the 24 districts during a virtual program held at Ranchi on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day, Hemant Soren said that fish farming can be a strong medium for employment generation in rural sector for both men and women apart from becoming self reliant in fish production without depending on other states for fish.
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren while addressing an online program on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day at Ranchi directed the West Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ananya Mittal to utilise funds from District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) to reuse abandoned and closed mines into artificial water reservoirs and use it for fish culture.
“The funds from DMFT should be used to help fish farmers by reusing abandoned and closed mines and converting them into artificial water reservoirs and build infrastructure for cage culture and Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) to boost fish farming,” said Hemant Soren.
According to official in state fisheries directorate similar directive is meant for all those districts having abandoned and closed open mines areas to boost fish farming.
“All such unused open mines would have to be identified by the concerned deputy commissioners who are chairman of the DMFT and use funds collected in the DMFT for construction of water reservoir and use of modern technologies like cage culture to boost fish production in those areas which would not only provide livelihood opportunities for villagers of the area but also prevent ecological adversity due to the mining impact,” the official said.
Incidentally, DMFT is meant for all such districts affected by mining related operations and the funds which are contributed by mining units should be used for the benefits of the people of the affected areas.
RAS is a form of intensive aquaculture and used for fish production where water exchange is limited and the use of biofiltration is required to reduce ammonia toxicity and maintain clean water and suitable habitat for fish.
The chief minister also directed that all the districts should have facilities for providing clean and spacious fish market facilities for retail fish sellers at district level similar to the one at Dumka which was inaugurated during the online program on Saturday.
The program also saw 1347 fish farmers being distributed with 16 different types of assets amounting to Rs 6 crore, 40 lakh.
The chief minister also inaugurated a hostel and lecture hall at the fish farmer training centre at Ranchi.
During the program, Hemant Soren announced of government intention for skill upgradation of fish farmers after assessment of big fish markets of the country so that best practices in terms of fish farming are adopted in Jharkhand by utilising all water bodies and enable Jharkhand to become self-sufficient in fish production.
Significantly in the financial year 2020-21 the state produced 2 lakh 38 thousand MT fish and Jharkhand has set a target of 2 lakh 65 thousand MT fish production in the current financial year (2021-22). The state with the help of 7500 trained fish seeds producers is eying production of 1000 crore fish seeds.
The program saw distribution of fish feeds, fry catching nets for fish seeds production, grow-out nets, fish spawn, biofloc systems for fish production, RAS, e-richshaw with ice box, boats, hatchery for fish seed production, bicycle with ice box, fish stalls, small fish feed mills, life jackets and grants for ponds construction.