Hyderabad: The State government will release about 80 crore fish seedlings into various water bodies in the State on August 16. Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav will formally release the fishlings into the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS), while Ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other elected representatives will participate in the programme in their respective constituencies.
In a letter to the Ministers, MPs, legislators and others on Tuesday, Srinivas Yadav urged them to be part of the event to release fishlings into water bodies. He also requested them to promote aquaculture to increase employment opportunities in rural areas. “We took up the novel initiative following a call given by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to encourage traditional occupations to strengthen rural economy and achieved grand success. We are confident of repeating the success and provide livelihood to lakhs of fishermen in the State,” he said.
In all, about 80 crore fishlings will be released into 24,953 water bodies on August 16. Further, about five crore scampi will also be released into various reservoirs. The Minister will release about one crore fishlings and 26 lakh scampi into the Kaleshwaram project on Friday. While the State government promoted cage culture method using 742 units in 26 reservoirs to produce large quantities of fish in small areas, it will be experimenting with pen culture method in five reservoirs this year.
Fish cultivation in 20 reservoirs soon
Jagitial: Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar on Tuesday said Godavari river would become a fish hub following the completion of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme.
Fish cultivation would be taken up in 20 reservoirs being constructed over the Flood Flow Canal, the Minister said at a function where he distributed fishnets and life jackets to fishermen community.
Eshwar said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, as part of his effort to extend support for the economic development of the community, decided to supplying subsidy fish under Mission Kakatiya scheme. He advised the
community people to utilize the benefit.
“The government is providing Rs 20,000 worth fishnets and life jackets to each beneficiary, and under the subsidy scheme, the government pays Rs 15,000 while the beneficiary has to bear the remaining Rs 5,000,” he said.
The Minister distributed fishnets and life jackets to 117 beneficiaries from Dharmapuri, Velgatur and Gollapalli mandals.