Chandigarh– In a bid to promote fisheries, the Haryana Government is giving a subsidy of up to 40 percent to the people belonging to the general category and up to 60 per cent to women and scheduled castes. However, with the use of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) in fisheries better income can be earned by producing 30 to 35 tonnes of fish. Hence, unemployed youth can now earn a better livelihood by adopting fisheries as a business option.
Sharing information about the fisheries business, a spokesperson of the department said that no qualification is required to start this business. Any person starting this business needs only one acre of land. Any interested person can start fish farming on his own land or by taking land on lease.He said that on one acre of land, a special pond has to be constructed for fish farming. After this, the cost of construction is subsidized directly through DBT to the bank account of the beneficiary.
Sharing details about Recirculating Aquaculture System, he said that earlier fish farming was done in ponds, which used to yield about 5 to 7 tonnes of fishes only. But now, by setting up a fixed overhead tank, the cultivation will increase from 5-7 tonnes to 30 to 35 tonnes through the Recirculating Aquaculture Systems. With this, the profits of fishermen will also increase manifold. He said that this cultivation can be done in both sweet and saltwater.
Mainly, fish species including Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Common Carp, Grass Carp and Indian Major Carp are cultivated in freshwater. Similarly, white shrimp can be cultivated in saltwater. Shrimp is sold in the market at around Rs. 300 to 350 per kg. Approximately 30 tonnes of fisheries per hectare can be cultivated, which can be a good profitable business, he informed.
The spokesman said that at present, there is a continuous increase in fish production. In this way, more and more youth should know about fisheries business, for this, training programs are being conducted by the department so that the youth can know specifics of this business.