Manipur government transfers Rs 1.80 crore to accounts of 900 fish farmers
Each fish farmers will get Rs 15,000 as a part of the monetary benefits of the Paddy cum Pisciculture scheme
Chief Minister N Biren Singh has transferred a total sum of Rs 1.80 crore to the bank accounts of 900 fish farmers of 10 hill districts, of which the farmers will receive Rs 15,000 each for the year 2019-2020.
The assistance was provided under the Paddy cum Pisciculture scheme of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana - Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) for the year 2019-2020. A solemn function to mark the occasion was organised by the Directorate of Fisheries at the Durbar Hall of CM’s Secretariat.
Speaking at the occasion, Biren said that Manipur requires 52,000 MT of fish every year. However, the state could produce only 27,000 MT till the coming of the new government thereby requiring around Rs 400 crore to import the remaining quantity of fish from other states every year, he informed.
As such, the government started focusing on enhancement of fish production, he said. Apart from commissioning of a fish-feed production unit, the state government has arranged loans ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 7 lakh for hundreds of fish farmers, and as a result, state’s current fish production per year has increased to 32,600 MT per year, he added.
Biren also said that the state government had sent a proposal of Rs 14 crore to implement Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana to the Centre out of which Rs 7.04 crore has already been sanctioned. Moreover, the state government is planning to submit an ambitious project worth Rs 400 crore in consultation with the Central Agricultural University, he informed.
In the meantime, cage culture under Loktak Livelihood Mission and fish production through Biofloc system are also going on in full swing. The government is ready to provide assistance through bank loans, Manipur StartUp and StandUp schemes to accomplish the objective of making self-sufficient in fish production, the chief minister said.
In his speech, Fisheries minister, S Rajen said that the state government has been trying its best to maintain accountability and provide good governance to the people. It was a part of this effort that monetary assistance was disbursed through DBT, he added. He also exhorted the people to extend cooperation to the government in making Manipur a self-reliant state.
The main objective of implementing Paddy cum Pisciculture is to double the farmers’ income from the same field through fish rearing, development of these paddy fields by raising peripheral rings and constructing feeding channels across the paddy field with small marketing ponds for paddy cum pisciculture. It is also to encourage and inculcate the interest of farmers to fish culture.
The present scheme is to develop 450 hectare of paddy field in 5 hills districts of Manipur with the total government subsidy at the rate of 25 per cent to the total unit cost of Rs 1.60 lakh per hectare. The government has released a sum of Rs 1.80 crore with a sharing pattern at 90:10 between Centre and state. And each beneficiary having an area of 0.5 hectare will get a subsidy amount of Rs 20,000 which will be given in two parts. Rs 15000 will be transferred through PFMS and the rest Rs 5000 will be given in the form of fish seed.
The function was also attended by the additional chief secretary (Fishery), MH Khan; director (Fishery), N Gojendro Singh and bank officials. (DIPR)