Silchar, Sept 25: In a bid to equip the fish farmers with better facilities, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli inaugurated a fishery project under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee RURBAN Mission 2020-2021 and ceremonially distributed free fish seeds and fish feeds to the small and marginal fish farmers of Gumra and Paikan Digarkhal Gaon Panchayats in Katigorah constituency on Friday.
Addressing a meeting at Gumra Public M.E School auditorium, Jalli said, "Government has started this facility of distributing fish seeds and fish feeds free of cost under the Rurban Mission for the development of small scale fish farmers in rural areas so that everyone could become self-reliant in fish farming. If small fish farmers in remote areas could meet the demand for fish by cultivating fish in their own ponds, there would be socio-economic development and there would be no need to import fish from south Indian states."
Katigorah MLA Khalil Uddin Majumder said the area would also develop if the poor people benefited from the activities of the Rurban Mission.
District Fisheries Development Officer, Rafiqul Haque explained in detail how to raise fish seeds distributed free of cost under the RURBAN Project. According to DDIPR Barak Valley region officials, fish seed and fish meal were officially distributed among 35 fish farmers of Gumrah and Paikan. A total of 137 beneficiaries in two GPs have been included under this scheme. Further DDIPR sources informed that a total of 1.48 lakh fish seeds and 111 MT fish feeds will be distributed in a phase manner by maintaining COVID protocol.
Lovely Chakraborty, the vice-chairperson of Cachar Zilla Parishad, recalled the incident of a survey done by an expert team from Delhi during her tenure as chairperson of Mahadebpur GP and Paikan Digarkhal GPs in West Katigorah. She said that small fish farmers of Mahadebpur GP will also be brought under this project in future. CEO Cachar Zilla Parishad Eldad Faihriem said "while all the projects initiated by the Government are meant for the welfare of the people, a class of brokers allegedly attempt to reap benefits. From now onwards, these issues will be dealt with tough hands".
District Fisheries Development Officer Rafiqul Haque explained in detail how to raise fish seeds distributed free of cost under the RURBAN Project. Cachar aims to make complete self-sufficient in table fish and fish seeds Production for which various fisheries activities such as Biofloc fish farming unit, Construction of Hatchery, Raceway Fish farming, pisciculture inputs support.
Fish marketing facility, Exposure trip, training programmes etc are taken up in the Kalain Rurban block cluster in Cachar under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee RURBAN Mission, 2020-21 by Cachar Zilla Parishad in association with Cachar Fishery Department," Haque informed.