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TelanganaNew policy to protect fisheries in the offing: Talasani Srinivas Yadav

New policy to protect fisheries in the offing: Talasani Srinivas Yadav

Published: 7th Aug 2021 8:37 pm

Hyderabad: A comprehensive policy or a law will be brought to protect fisheries. The Government will deal sternly with those resorting to attacks on fishermen or causing damage to fisheries, said Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav. He directed the officials to draft the policy accordingly.

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A ten-member committee will be formed to study the problems of the fishermen community. Five members will be from Gangaputra community and another five from Mudhiraj community, in the committee. They will study the problems in Kamareddy, Nizamabad, and Jagtial districts first and submit a report based on their findings.

Srinivas Yadav held a meeting with the members of Fishermen Cooperative Societies at his office in Masab Tank here on Saturday. Rajya Sabha member Banda Prakash and MLA M Gopal and fisheries commissioner Lachiram Bukya were present.

During the meeting, the members from various Fishermen Cooperative Societies complained about the rising incidents of physical attacks that members of fishermen community were facing and also of damage to fisheries. The matter will be taken to the notice of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and stern action will be taken against those resorting to attacks, the Minister said.

The fishermen communities which dependent on the fishing for their livelihoods have rights for cultivating fish in the water resources, the Minister said adding that action will be taken against others who try to meddle with their affairs. He asked the society members to be wary of certain people who were trying to create rift among the fishermen community members.

Water resources in the State have improved significantly due to the various programmes initiated by the State government and as a result the fish production has touched new highs. It has also created a lot of new employment. Efforts are being made to market the fish in the domestic as well as international markets. The government was ensuring a remunerative price to the fish farmers by encouraging the fisheries federations to directly buy from the cooperative societies. The Minister said meat markets will be set up in all districts.

Srinivas Yadav asked the Fisheries Commissioner to provide details about the existing societies and the new ones which can be created. He said membership drives should be taken up, at the earliest.

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