Secretary, DADF, Reviews Preparations for the National Action Plan 2020 for Fisheries in North-East States
The Secretary for Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Shri Devendra Chaudhary yesterday reviewed the preparations for the National Action Plan 2020 for fisheries from all the North Eastern Region States. The states of Assam, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura and Manipur attended the meeting and provided the required information with respect to their states, toward the finalization of the National Action Plan. While taking note of the requirements of each of the states, the Secretary, DADF also issued directions based on the unique requirements of each of the state. Sikkim state was asked to focus on cold water fisheries, especially Trout, and Manipur and Assam states were directed to make special investments on the development of wetlands. Further, the state of Mizoram was asked to pick up Cage culture technology for their lone reservoir, with an area of 4300 ha. It is hoped that the special attention being given to the North Eastern region states will have a major impact with respect to the production of fresh water fisheries and will reduce their dependence upon the imports of fish in due course of time.
An amount of Rs. 4.00 crore has been proposed to be earmarked to these North Eastern States for construction of fishermen houses and contribution towards Saving-cum- Relief scheme. An amount of Rs. 41.00 crore has been earmarked for development of aquaculture in ponds and tanks, seed stocking in reservoirs and development of wet lands in Assam and Manipur depending upon the availability of resources. Similarly, Rs. 4.65 crore was proposed for development of cold water fisheries in Sikkim.