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October 31, 2015

State Fisheries Dept takes steps to boost fish production in north Bengal

State Fisheries Dept takes steps to boost fish production in north Bengal

State fisheries department has taken several measures to augment fish production in North Bengal.

Mr Chandranath Sinha, Minister for State Fisheries department said that since fish production in North Bengal is low, the fisheries department has taken up several measures to augment the fish production.

There will be free distribution of the fishlings (small fish) for fish cultivation and already fisheries department has started to put fishlings into rivers and Government ponds. “We would also distribute free food for feeding small fishes. Fish farmers will be trained how to apply scientific methods to cultivate fishes,” he said.

Mr Sinha said that officials of the fisheries department have observed that most of the fish cultivators did not feed the fish sufficiently, so growth of the fishes is not up to the mark. “We shall also set up awareness camps to inform the farmers how to detect diseases of the fishes and boost fish growth,” he said. The department has already chosen some government ponds for cultivating fish.

Fish fry were put into the government ponds in Jalpaiguri, Dhupguri and Maynaguri a few days ago and more government ponds will be used for this purpose. Fish fry were put into the rivers like Teesta, Torsha, Kaljani, Karla, Jaldhaka and Sankosh. Rs 5.25 lakhs has already been spent for this purpose. And Rs 8 lakh was spent for introducing fish fry in government ponds.

Awareness campaigns in local areas has been started where tea gardens exist, so that people learn to avoid using the river water to clean the spray machines after using them for pest control purposes.

Currently, around 6000 ton of fish are produced in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts annually.