North Gazette News/Chandigarh
Punjab and Jiangsu province of China on Monday agreed on principal to initiate ‘Twin Province’ project to promote fresh water fish farming in the state under the crop diversification program.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called on Governor of Jiangsu province Li Xueyong
at the Government Provincial Hall and recalled the age old relations between India and China, in every field.
He apprised the Governor that Punjab was a very progressive state where there was a lot of scope of fish farming as the land use was almost like Jiangsu province. Throwing light on the state government’s ambitious crop diversification program, Badal said that the state government wants to develop fresh water fisheries to bail out its farmers from the prevailing agrarian crisis.
Badal apprised Xueyong that currently the production of fish in Punjab was six tonnes per hectare whereas the state government aspires to the double this production in the coming three years. Likewise, he said that the state government also wants to double the area under fishery from the currently 14400 hectares in the same time period.
Badal said that at present there were 21 hatcheries in the state with fish production of 222 million which could be increased upto 900 million in the coming three years.
Soliciting the help of the Government of Jiangsu province for promoting fish farming through the ‘Twin Province project’, the Chief Minister said that present production from fish reservoirs was 100-150 kilograms per hectare which was very low but could be enhanced by four folds, with the expertise from Jiangsu province.
He urged Xueyong to send their experts to Punjab so as to update the Punjabi farmers about their latest technology. Badal also urged the Governor to ensure strategic tie up between the institutions of the both the state so that Punjab could be immensely benefitted from it.
Xueyong assured fulsome support and cooperation to Punjab in every way. The Governor said that he was confident that under the able leadership of Badal there were huge possibilities ahead for both the states.
He asked Director General Jiangsu Oceanic and Fishery Bureau Mr Tang Jianming and President Jiangsu Academy of Agri Sciences Mr Yi Zhongyi to personally ensure that both the states could forge an alliance in this regard. He also assured Badal that he would surely visit Punjab once interdepartmental confidence has been established for the twin provinces projects.