Lucknow. The efforts of the Yogi government to promote fish farming in the state and increase the income of farmers have started bearing fruit. It is due to the efforts of the Yogi government that Uttar Pradesh has secured the first position in inland fish farming (plain areas). This has been announced by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying on the occasion of World Fisheries Day. This award will be given to Uttar Pradesh in the Global Fisheries Conference India- 2023 organized on 21st and 22nd November on the occasion of World Fisheries in Delhi. This information was given by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Nishad, Cabinet Minister of Fisheries Development Department, in a press conference held at Lok Bhavan on Saturday.
increase in fish production
The Cabinet Minister of Fisheries Development Department said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (CM Yogi) gave the responsibility of Fisheries Department to the Cabinet Minister only to promote fisheries in the state. In such a situation, as per the intention of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, schemes related to fish farming were brought to the ground. As a result, there has been a significant increase in fisheries and production in the state in the last six and a half years.
The impact of CM Yogi’s visionary thinking is that today Uttar Pradesh has secured the first position in inland fish farming in the entire country. While last year the fish production in the state was 8.09 lakh metric tonnes, this year till now the department has produced 9.15 lakh metric tonnes. Similarly, compared to last year, this time the department has also registered an increase in fish seed production.
While last year the fish seed production was 27,128 lakh metric tonnes, this time till now it is 36,187 lakh metric tonnes. At present 31 projects are being operated in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana. Under these schemes, till now an amount of Rs 15282.5 lakh has been distributed to the beneficiaries.
Ranching is being done in the rivers of 68 districts.
So far, 1,16,159 fishermen have been given the benefit of Fishermen Accident Insurance Scheme in the state. It is known that under the scheme, assistance of Rs 5 lakh is provided to those fishermen who lose their lives in an accident, Rs 2.5 lakh to those who become disabled and Rs 25 thousand to those who are injured. Earlier, while ranching was done in the rivers of 12 districts of the state, currently ranching is being done in the rivers of 68 districts.
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Not only this, to make the state a hub of fish farming, an ultra modern fish mall is being constructed in Chandauli at a cost of Rs 62 crore. Yogi government has sanctioned bank loans worth Rs 10772.77 lakh to 14,021 fishermen so far this year. More than 1500 fish farmers have been given training in fish farming by the department.