Hyderabad: To give a boost fisheries segment in the State, Telangana Government has decided to provide 82 crore fish seedlings for the year 2018-19. The State is on the path achieve a 30 per cent growth in the fish production to 3.5 lakh tonne in 2018-19 from 2.71 lakh tonne during 2017-18 when the State provided 51 crore fish seed, said Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav.
Though the State lacked a sea coast, Telangana has the third largest inland water resource base in India for fisheries with 77 large, medium and minor reservoirs and about 24,100 tanks is helping the State grow in fisheries. Several big irrigation projects will be completed in one to two years and all these will aid in increasing the fish production, Yadav said at the inaugural of AquaEx 2018 at Hitex on Thursday.
Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania said State’s per capita fish consumption is about 7 kg, lower than the national average of 11kg. Increase in consumption will widen the intrastate demand for fish, the official said adding that Telangana will explore opportunities in export as well as fish processing units.
The State is implementing an Integrated Fisheries Development Scheme (IFDS) with an outlay of Rs 1,000 crore to enhance fish seed production, offer harvesting and marketing support and infrastructure development. The State Government will also support creation of modern fish markets with focus on hygiene and value addition. The Government supported the expo to bring awareness about relevant technologies and about the demand available.
The Telangana Government has arranged transport facilities for fish farmers from across the State to visit the event to upgrade their expose them to new technologies.
The three-day event is being organised by Society for Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture. The event will also have food courts serving sea foods.