Nalgonda: The fishlings released into the reservoirs and other water bodies by the Fisheries Department has raised the production of 8,856 tonnes of fish which has done a business of more than Rs 50 crore.
To provide livelihood and increase the income of the Mudhiraj and Bestha fishermen communities, the State government had launched a scheme under which it supplied fish seedlings to the Fishermen Cooperative Societies free of cost. The fishlings were released into village tanks and reservoirs.
Under the Fisheries Development Scheme, 245 lakh seedlings were released into 164 water bodies in Nalgonda district. Three varieties of fishlings — Ravva, Botcha and Mose — were selected for the scheme and procured from Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Assistant Director of Fisheries Charitha Reddy informed that 80 mm and 100 mm size fishlings were released into the selected water bodies in the district.
A member of the Fishermen Cooperative Society at Peddadevulapally, Singan Saidulu, informed that their income increased after the government took the initiative to release fishlings into the tanks. “Earlier, we worked under contractors and got the money depending on the weight of the fish we caught. Now, we earn more than Rs 500 per day,” he said.
Another fisherman, Gundu Jaggaih, a member of Narsingbatla Fishermen Cooperative Society, said that the government took up the scheme to improve fishermen’s livelihood. However, the fish have not grown more than 600 grams. Jaggaiah has asked the government to take special care while selecting fishlings to release them into the water bodies.
Bestha Seva Sangam State president G Venkanna said that the fishermen were earning Rs 80 per kg fish. “We get Rs 130 to Rs 150 if we sell them in the local market,” he said.