Action plan for fisheries, aquaculture development in Vidharbha region released

Nagpur: A report, 'Development of fisheries and aquaculture in Vidarbha: Study and action plan', based on extensive research was released by state chief secretary Sumeet Mallick at a programme organized by Vidarbha Development Board and Maharashtra AnimalĀ and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) at divisional commissioner office here on Tuesday.
Mahadev Jankar, minister for animal husbandry and fisheries development, chief secretary Sumeet Mallick and divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar released a study report at a programme organized by Vidarbha Development Board and Maharashtra Animal and Fishery and Science University, at divisional commissioner's office, Civil Lines, on Tuesday
Divisional commissioner and MAFSU VC Anoop Kumar along with state's senior cabinet minister Mahadev Jankar was also present on the occasion .Collectors of various regions, officials of state fisheries department, representatives of Maharashtra State Fisheries Corporation and other associates also attended the programme.

"The bureaucrats and members of judiciary should posses a strong desire to adapt to new methods of growth to bring in reforms, only then a project can be implemented successfully," Jankar said. He also spoke about introducing policies to help the market flourish and upgrade factors involved in the process of fish production, including labour skills, cold storage and irrigation.

Jankar also lauded Kumar's inclination towards blue revolution and 'Fish in every pond' initiative.

The fish trading market in Vidarbha is still highly unorganized and unregulated. The Mayo fish market of Nagpur, Bengali camp fish market, Chandrapur, Athawadi bazaar fish market, Yavatmal and Itwara bazaar fish market of Amravati can be easily identified as the core markets in respect to the fish marketing system, the report said.

The consumer behaviour, challenges, technical drawbacks and plan for development was compiled in the detailed report carrying information collected after surveying different water bodies of the region.

Emphasizing on the major recommendations, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries secretary Vikas Deshmukh said, "The adoption of different culture technologies as per the type of water body in Vidarbha region could increase the annual fish production."

According to him, creation of additional positions in the department of fisheries at the district level for establishing dedicated, professional and efficient extension services system at par with their counterparts in agriculture and allied sub-sectors like animal husbandry, horticulture and dairy is important. This system shall have its network reaching at block and panchayat levels to bring all aquaculture and fisheries resources, public, private, community and multi-owned under its fold, he said.

"Review of existing fish seed production and rearing centres for their strengthening and capacity development is a must. Dysfunctional and under-performing fish production centres should be operational to their fullest capacity. The fish seed production centres under the MFDC shall be withdrawn and handed over to DoF for development," Deshmukh said.


Source: Times of India

Big boost: Post floods, fishes teem in Bihar waters

Patna, Dec. 15 -- The impact of floods early this year in Bihar may have been devastating. But there are indications that the deluge has given a big boost to fishery with seed production reaching 700 million due to abundance of water bodies after drought-like situation in the last seven years.

Officials now say Bihar will be able to realise its ambition of becoming self-sufficient in fish and even become an exporting state in the next couple of years.

Animal husbandry and fisheries department director Nishat Ahmed said: "If the present production of fish seeds and supplementary feed was maintained, we will be self-sufficient and exporting state in two years time."

Bihar produces five lakh tonnes of fish against its annual requirement of 7 lakh tonnes. The state imports around 1.43 lakh tonnes of fish, mainly Rohu and Katla, from Andhra Pradesh annually.

States like West Bengal and Odisha are also a major supplier of fish, like Hilsa, Pomfret, prawns and some other varieties found in the Gangetic basin.

"Floods in Bihar has helped in recharging water bodies in dry areas of Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai districts of north Bihar. This has helped in increasing fish seed production and starting new hatcheries. Our production capacity is set to increase by the next harvest," said Ahmed.

Bihar's fish production was expected to gallop to over 7 lakh tonnes in the next two years and could easily achieve the target of 8.02 lakh tonnes by 2022 as per the government's agricultural road map, Ahmad added.

So, would the state stop importing fish from Andhra Pradesh?

Ahmed was confident that home grown fish would be cater to the needs of state fish lovers and insisted that already four districts - Darbhanga, Purnia, Banka and Khagaria - had stopped importing from the coastal state.

"Price of fish, be it Rohu or Katla, crashed in Khagaria district of north Bihar due to overproduction this year. In some parts of the district, fish produced in ponds were being sold at Rs 120 per kg against Rs 250 in Patna," he added.

There is now focus on producing only fish like Rohu, Katla and Naini, given that these varieties had better yield per hectare. "We are opening one big centre for supplementary feed in Madhepura, besides those in Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and Motihari. Supplementary feed is important for fish production as otherwise we have to be dependent on other states," added Ahmed.

Source: HT Digital streams Ltd