NALBARI, May 11 � The State Government has decided to set up hygienic and scientific fish markets in all the districts in State. As a part of this scheme, the State fishery department laid the foundation stone of three such markets at Kaliabor, Silchar, and Adabari of Nalbari district.
Minister of Fisheries and Information and Public Relation, Basanta Das on Monday laid the foundation stone of the Adabari fish market which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.54 crore provided by the National Fish Development Authority.
Addressing a public meeting held on the foundation laying ceremony, the Fishery Minister said that the department has been trying to develop the infrastructure to increase the productivity of fish. The department is renovating all the district fishery office buildings and existing fish markets.
He added that the State Government has also taken up an ambitious scheme to renovate the village tanks under the Chief Ministers� �Amar Gaonr Pukhuri� scheme and informed that the State Government is making all fishery loans cent per cent subsidy for the benefit of fish farmers.
The minister expressed hope that this year the natural fish production will increase in the State due to the early monsoon.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr Bhumidhar Barman, adviser to the Chief Minister said that the Barkshetri areas in Nalbari district is producing surplus fish production. He added that if the government developed the infrastructure the Barkshetri fish will meet the demand of Guwahati city.
Dr Barman called upon the youth to take up pisiculture as self-employment option. He alleged that the fish seed producing centres set up in the district under SGSY has been lying idle. Dr Barman also requested the Fishery department to submit some plans to the Deputy Commissioner to execute under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) that the fish production could be increased in Nalbari district.
The meeting was addressed among others by Sachindra Nath Barman, director of Fisheries Department and Nandita Das, secretary of Asam Anusushita Jati Unnayan Parishad.