Fisheries dept responds to PDR allegation

DIMAPUR, JUL 29 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:46 AM IST

Reacting to news report published in sections of the local daily on Saturday, directorate of fisheries & aquatic resources has denied the allegation by People’s Democratic Rights (PDR) that fish production in the State had declined in 2017-18.

In a rejoinder issued on Sunday, fisheries & aquatic resources director Kevisa Kense asserted that the news was factually incorrect and claimed that fish output had actually increased to 8,990.5 metric tonne (MT) in 2017-18 as against 8,605 MT in 2016-17. 
People’s Democratic Rights had alleged that fish production declined to 8,220 MT during the year under review.
On the issue of potential areas developed by the department, he claimed that the potential area developed so far was 3375 ha and not as stated.
The director explained that fish production could only be achieved after completion of projects, and hence the question of amount released to the department for fishery development activities not commensurate with the output did not arise as the projects mentioned were ongoing and that the department was ready for any joint verification to substantiate the claim.
While appreciating PDR in its endeavour to fight for the rights of the people, Kense advised the organisation to ascertain actual facts from departments concerned before making them public. 
It may be pointed out that the PDR had issued a statement citing a report of the Nagaland Economic Survey.

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