Punjab government on Tuesday decided to provide 20 percent subsidy for construction and renovation of fish ponds in the state to put the farmers out of the vicious wheat and paddy crop rotation.
Punjab’s Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Dairy Development minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said that the state government has earmarked a budget of Rs 1288 crore in the annual budget of 2013-14 to finance the various schemes of fish farming.
“During the year 2006-07, the fish production was 6000 kg per hectare which increased to the level of 6560 km per hectare in the year 2012-13,” Ranike said, adding that the state government has been imparting 5 day basic training to the fish farmers in each district.
Ranike said that for digging new fish pond the 20 percent subsidy is being given to the farmers belonging to general category whereas for the fish farmers belonging to scheduled casts community this subsidy is 25 percent. “For the rehabilitation of the old ponds, 20 percent subsidy (Rs 15000 per hectare) is being provided to the fish farmers of general category while 25 per cent subsidy (Rs 18750 per hectare) will be provided to the farmers of SC community,” Ranike said.
“Further, in the first year 20 percent subsidy to the tune of Rs 10000 to the fish farmer of general category and 25 percent subsidy to the tune of Rs 12500 to the farmers belonging to SC community has been providing for fertilizers feed and other expenses,” he added.
He added that 10 percent subsidy to the tune of 1.20 lakh for establish fish hatchery is being given. “For setting up fish feed units 20 percent subsidy to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh is being given,” Ranike added.