Self sustainable fish product a priority: fishery minister

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Imphal: Fishery minister S. Rajen Singh said the state government is focusing to increase the net production of fish in the state.

He was speaking to media during an inspection visit at different locations of fish farms in Imphal West on Sunday.

The fishery department is focussing for the production of sustainable fish products for the state. Fish, being the common food item of the state is preferred by all. Action plans have been chalked out in this regard, he said.

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There is a need for up gradation of the government maintained fish farms in the state at present, he added.
He maintained that under the blue revolution scheme of the government selected beneficiaries have been trained and first instalment has been sanctioned. In order to know whether the beneficiaries are utilising the government fund in the right direction, the inspectional tour is being conducted, he added.

He informed that more than Rs 4 crore is spent annually to purchase fish products from outside the state. This expenditure can be saved if fish farmers are promoted and produce more and more fish products.

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Biofloc method of fish farming will be provided for interested farmers especially in hill districts where there is limited scope for digging of ponds. This will not only generate their income but also reduce unemployment problem in the state, he added.

Regular inspection visit will be conducted at the respective sites with the officials, he said.

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