Fish farmers can double their income by using duck rearing; CM

DAINIK NATION BUREAU

Fishery is one of a good option to double the farmers income said the Chief Minister (CM) of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat while addressing a programme, which was organized by state fishery department on the occasion of World Fishery Day at Madho Singh Bhandari Kisan Bhawan, Dehradun. He said that there is no problem of marketing and capital in this business.

Rawat lamented the fact that due to lack of awareness the state is yet to achieve desired level of production in fisheries. He highlighted importance of knowledge of proper technique in increasing commercial production of fishes. Giving emphasis on the need of integrated agriculture Rawat said that if farmers add duck rearing along with fish farming then their income would increase siginficantly. The fishes would get safety from wild animals and feed from the ducks, he explained.

Rawat said that refresher courses for training of pisciculture should be conducted. He felicitated farmers doing commendable work in the field of fish culture on the occasion. The fish breeders were handed over motorbikes equipped with insulated vans, mobile fish outlets and iceboxes by the organisers.

In her address, state minister Rekha Arya said that the pisciculture apart from being a good business for farmers is good of health also. The people of the hilly areas are generally not very interested in pisciculture which should be removed. Fish culture is a business involving less capital and has high profit.

Other dignitaries including Secretary Pisciculture R Meenakshi Sundaram and Director Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC) Durgesh Pant, Additional secretary GB Oli were also present there.

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