Seraikela: State government has set a target of producing 17,000 tonnes of fish to the Seraikela-Kharsawan district. The target exceeds last year’s figures.
Sources in the fishery department said the target was increased this year keeping in mind the possibility of good production. “Around 20 per cent of the district is covered by water. Moreoever, the weather conditions and climate too, are favourable to a bumper fish production,” sources said.
Sources said the number of fish farmers has increased in the district over the last few years as more and more people are getting attracted to fishery.
People are earning well and are able to lead a better life, sources said.
District fishery officer Arup Kumar Choudhary said said there is around 50,000 acres of area covered by water in the district. The district has around 8000 ponds.
There are big water reservoirs too. This is why the government is paying attention to fishery so much and providing fish seeds and feed to local fish farmers at subsidized rates, sources said.
“We have begun work to achieve this year’s target. We hope to make it possible through a planned approach,” said the fishery officer.