Chandigarh: The Haryana Fisheries Department has brought more than 16,354 hectares of area under fish culture and has produced about 80,495 tonnes of fish so far in the current fiscal.
    
Stating this here on Saturday, a spokesman of the Department said as a result of the efforts made by the department, average fish productivity in Haryana had increased to 5600 kg per hectare per year and the same could be raised to 5700 kg per hectare per year during the current financial year.
    
Haryana ranks second in the country in per hectare fish production, he added.
    
The spokesman said that with a view to give impetus to fish farming in the state, electricity tariff for fisheries sector had been substantially reduced to bring it at par with agriculture.
    
The Government had waived off the Value Added Tax on fish feed and fish meal for the benefit of the fish farmers, he said.
    
Apart from this, Government Fish Seed Farm had been constructed at Ottu, in district Sirsa with a capacity to produce 30 lakh fish seed per year at a total cost of Rs 36 lakh.
    
He said that under the Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana Scheme, Ornamental Fish Seed Hatchery had been established at Government Fish Seed Farm, Saidpuara in Karnal district.
    
He said that village panchayats were earning upto Rs 35 crore by leasing of Panchayati ponds.
    
He said that 65 hectares of land would be brought under fish pond with 100 per cent grant which would increase the income of the panchayats and generate employment opportunities for unemployed rural youth.

 (Agencies)

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