Chandigarh, June 10, 2013: In a bid to drag the farmers out the of the vicious wheat and paddy crop rotation, The Punjab government has been giving 20 percent subsidy for the digging of new fish ponds and rehabilitation of old ponds.
This was disclosed by Gulzar Singh Ranike, Minister for animal husbandry, fishery and dairy development. He said that the state government has earmarked a budget of Rs 1288 crore in the annual budget of 2013-14 to finance the various schemes of fish farming. He said that during the year 2006-07 the fish production was 6000 kg per hectare which increased to the level of 6560 km per hectare in the year 2012-13.
He said the government has been imparting 5 day basic training to the fish farmers in each district. He said for digging new fish pond the 20 subsidy is being given to the farmers belonging to general category whereas for the fish farmers belonging to scheduled casts community this subsidy is 25 percent. He said that the for the rehabilitation of the old ponds 20 percent subsidy @ Rs.15000 per hectare to the fish farmers of general category and 25 subsidy @ Rs. 18750 per hectare has been providing to the farmers of SC community.
Ranike further said that in the first year 20 percent subsidy to the tune of Rs. 10000 to the fish farmer of general category and 25 percent subsidy to the tune of Rs. 12500 to the farmers belonging to SC community has been providing for fertilizers feed and other expenses. He said that 10 percent subsidy to the tune of 1.20 lakh for establish fish hatchery is being given. “For setting up fish feed units 20 percent subsidy to the tune of 1.50 lakh is being given” The Minister added.