Fish production is the basis for the progress of the village, the poor
Record fish production in 4 years in Yogi government as compared to previous government
Lucknow. Fish production has become the new basis for the progress of the village and the poor. The fish production, which was sidelined till a few years ago, has been made a strong base for the rural economy by the state government through its schemes. The fish farming business, which was considered a loss deal in the previous governments, has given employment opportunities to thousands of youth in their villages. In the last 4 years, a total of 7.46 lakh metric tonnes of fish was produced in the state, which is 1.28 lakh metric tonnes more than the 5-year tenure of the SP government. UP has now become an example for other states in fish production.
Due to the effective schemes of the government, now the business of fish production has started spreading rapidly in UP. In village-village youth are joining this business. The record production of 7.46 lakh metric tonnes of fish in UP is proof of this. During the five-year tenure of the SP government, a total of 6.18 lakh metric tonnes of fish was produced. The present government provided loan of Rs 6972.08 lakh by providing 7883 fish farmers Kisan Credit Card whereas in the previous government not a single fisherman was given the benefit of credit card scheme. The present government has allotted 2821 fishermen’s houses in the state in the last four years, whereas during the SP government only 2383 fishermen were given houses. In the last 4 years, 3392.74 lakh metric tonnes of fish seed production was produced in the state, whereas in the last five years of the previous government, total fish seed production was 2703.56 lakh metric tonnes.
To promote the production of inland fisheries, the government is leasing ponds owned by village panchayats for 10 years. The area of all these ponds will be about 3000 hectares. The government has made a provision of Rs 243 crore in the budget for the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana started by the central government. To provide financial security to the fishing community, two lakh fishermen will be covered with free insurance in the financial year 20121-2022.
Last year, Uttar Pradesh was adjudged the best state of North India for the successful operation and production of fish farming schemes in the state. The Recircular Aquaculture System (RAS) system of fish farming of Barabanki district has been implemented across the country. Now new generation is also coming towards fish production.
Most of the fish consumed in the state comes from Andhra Pradesh. Due to the increasing awareness about income and health, the demand for fish being nutritious will increase in the coming times. So there is still a lot of potential in this area.
According to Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, who has won many awards at the state level in fish production, there are many possibilities of employment and employment only in fish production. If it is diversified then its chances increase. If ducks are reared with fish, there will be double benefits. In the one hectare pond of former veterinary officer Dr. Vidyasagar Srivastava, only the beet of 200-300 ducks, which grow with fish, is a rich food for the fish. Due to not providing separate feed, about 60 percent cost of fish farming is saved. According to Dr. Vidyasagar, mosquito larvae are the natural food of ducks. These ponds clear the mosquito larvae present around the population or in the paddy field.