June 26, 2018
Bengal Govt to set up training centre for fishermen
The Bengal Government has for the first time decided to set up a training centre for fishermen to train them in cultivating fish in order make them self-employable.
State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC), which is under the State Fisheries Department, will set up the training centre at a cost of Rs 2.27 crore. It will be located on Henry’s Island in South 24 Parganas.
Among the training modules will be ways to cultivate fish, examine their health, and if found to be suffering from some disease, examine the water and soil of the place where the fishes breed. Experts in specific fields will be providing training.
The training will be provided for free for the fishermen covered under various Government schemes. Other fishermen as well as cooperative societies associated with fish farming would be able to acquire training too, at a minimal cost.
At a time, 50 fishermen will be able to acquire training at the centre. This training centre becomes particularly important in the context of the State Government’s recent stress on cultivating many new varieties of fish, which are often more profitable.
Later, at least two more such training centre would come up – one in the district of Purba Medinipur and another either in north Bengal or south Bengal.