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Meghalaya to launch aquaculture mission
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUNE 30:
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Published on 30 Jun. 2011 10:13 PM IST
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The Meghalaya government would soon launched an “aquaculture mission” to make livelihood in the rural areas attractive by creating and ensuring opportunities thereby minimizing the migration of the rural population to urban areas of the State.
“The government is preparing to launch an Aquaculture Mission for the State of Meghalaya which envisages major investment in the fishery sector,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma announced at the workshop on “Development of Inland Fisheries in Meghalaya: Problems and Prospects” organized by the State’s Fisheries Department.
Sangma also released a discussion paper on “Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission” on which people can give their comments and feedback after which it will be finalized and begin its implementation from April 2012.
“The government will make substantial investments in the Fishery Sector in the State so as to improve the GDP of the State and also to provide substantial livelihood to the poor and marginalized sections of the rural society,” the Chief Minister said.
He said the government has allotted Rs 37.40 Crores under the Special Plan Assistance in 2010-11 to give a fillip to the department’s ongoing activities and also to provide a new thrust.
Informing about the State’s Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme, Sangma said, “efforts are on to make livelihood in the rural areas attractive by creating and ensuring opportunities thereby minimizing the migration of the rural population to the urban areas.”
Exuding confidence that with the cooperation and sensitization of the people and all the stake holders, the Chief Minister said, “fish farming will be one of the sectors that will contribute to the State’s economy and also emerge as one of the major fish exporting States in the country.”
However, Chief Secretary, W M S Pariat said there is a substantial gap between the demand and supply of fish in the State which he felt that if aquaculture is promoted aggressively in the State it will definitely promote economic growth.
National Fisheries Development Board Chief Executive P Krishnaiah assured that the NFDB will provide all necessary support and assistance to the Government of Meghalaya in terms of grants, infrastructure, human resource development to both officials and fish farmers. He said that to promote the fishery sector in the State, intensification of productivity, diversification of species and disease management are of utmost importance which the Government should consider.

 
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