The Odisha state government has planned big to make a surplus state in fish production.
Reportedly, the state fisheries department decided to harvest fish twice a year by taking up fish cultivation on its 22 acres of unused land.
The matter came in front during the visit of the state fisheries director Engineer Smruti Ranjan Pradhan to production centre at Bhanjanagar, Ganjam on Friday.
Smruti Ranjan Pradhan said that fish production has increased in the state and Odisha will be a surplus state in fresh water fish production in the country in coming days. Pradhan also said steps are being taken to help fish farmers harvest fish twice a year from their ponds.
Incentives and subsidies are given to fish farmers under various schemes to help them carry out fish farming. And, 50 per cent subsidy is also given on fish food and on infrastructure development to buy fish from CIFA and NFDB.
Apart from this, the state government is also providing various facilities to farmers under various schemes. The state government aims to increase the fish productivity in the state to 15 tonne which currently lies at only 4 tonne.
The state has taken up numerous schemes with the help of World Fish Centre in Malaysia to increase the fish production in the state.
The state government under this scheme has sanctioned rupees 4 crore for upgradation of infrastructure of the fingerling production centre at Bhanjanagar.