Sonowal pitches for increased production of fish
Dispur, December 21: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked Department of Fisheries to augment fish production to minimise demand-supply gap and enable the fisheries sector to provide meaningful vocations to fish farmers and other entrepreneurs.
Chairing a meeting of the Fisheries Department in the conference room of Chief Minister's Office in Assam Secretariat on Wednesday, Sonowal asked Principal Secretary Department of Fisheries, M.C. Jauhari to take immediate step to bring down demand-supply gap and augment fish production in state by taking several innovative schemes.
Assam has predominantly fish eating population with 90 per cent of the people eat fish. However, production of fish outweighs supply creating a gap. It may be mentioned that Assam produces 294 thousand metric tonne of fish while demand stands at 336 thousand metric tonne. Chief Minister Sonowal asked the department to take steps to minimise this demand-supply miss-match and his government will extend all possible help in this regard.
Sonowal also pointed out that there is huge demand of local fish in Assam and other North Eastern States and a good production of the same in the State besides fulfilling the domestic demands can send the output outside the state.
The meeting also decided that in the larger interests of development of fishery resources of the state in a coherent manner, all the beel fisheries and other water bodies in the State are to be handed over to the Fishery Department. It may be noted that under Chief Minister's Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana the Fishery Department is set to bring about convergence of Ghare Ghare Pukhuri Ghare Ghare Maach with Proper marketing of fish and Revisiting the mandates of Assam Fisheries Development Corporation and Fishfed by which contribution of fishery to State Development has been aimed to be escalated which is at present stands at 4.08 per cent.
Fishery Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Principal Secretary Fishery Department M.C. Juhari, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia and a host of senior officers were present at the meeting.