NALBARI, Nov 2 - In order to augment fish production, besides generating self-employment in the district, the Deputy Commissioner of Nalbari has decided to facilitate as many as 100 poor farmers belonging to the Scheduled Caste category to dig small ponds for pisciculture.
Talking to this correspondent, the Deputy Commissioner, Dr OM Prakash said that under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Generation Scheme, selected farmers will get up to Rs 1.5 lakh to develop the pond. After that, he will also help the farmers get KCC loans up to Rs 50,000 from the banks so that the farmers can purchase seed and feed.
Dr Om Prakash said that he has instructed the KVK Nalbari to identify genuine farmers under BPL category and belonging to the SC community or widows to get these facilities. According to him, this effort will help in creating a habit of fish rearing among the common people.
The DC on Saturday visited the leading fish farms of the district to get a first hand experience about fish farming. He also discussed with the farmers their problems and the prospects of pisciculture in the district. Dr Om Prakash, along with a team of scientists from the Nalbari KVK visited the farms of Tapan Dutta Baruah of Kendukuchi, Sambhu Barman of Porakuchi and Amal Medhi of Sondha. During his visit, he also discussed with the coordinator of Nalbari KVK, Dr Mridul Deka about his new plan. It may be mentioned here that Nalbari KVK under the Assam Agricultural University has been promoting pisciculture in the district.