June 2, 2018
Bengal Govt to cultivate fish in unused waterbodies in Digha
State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is preparing a roadmap on using a huge tract of land in Digha, lying unutilised for quite some time, for cultivating fish. The area, comprising 331 acres, in the district of Purba Medinipur contains as many as 50 waterbodies.
The land belonged to West Bengal Fisheries Corporation (WBFC), which has been recently merged with SFDC, thereby providing the latter the opportunity to utilise the land.
To its advantage, the plot of land has ready infrastructure for channelling water from the sea, which can be used effectively for fish cultivation. There are sluice gates at various places for smooth flow of water.
The waterbodies have either dried up or have suffered a decline in navigability due to years of neglect. Upon realising their potential, the Fisheries Department Minister has instructed SFDC to prepare a detailed plan on the types of fishes that can be cultivated there. The area has the potential to turn into a major hub for fish cultivation.
Source: Millennium Post