Ambitious plan to develop fisheries industry

  • Two fisheries colleges to be set up

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said the State government would develop the Fisheries Department by recognizing it as a fisheries industry and two fisheries colleges would be established by the coming academic year. He also said the government would prepare a comprehensive fisheries policy by convening an all-party meeting soon.

Speaking during a short discussion on the ‘Development of Fisheries in the State’ in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, the Chief Minister said the fisheries department was meted out gross injustice in the previous united Andhra Pradesh State and the fisheries development was confined only to the coastal area then. He alleged that the fisheries Industry also was neglected in the previous regime like all sectors. The Chief Minister said the government released Rs 28 crores for fish seed to be distributed free of cost in 3,939 tanks across the State. He said the State government would fill 600 vacant posts in the Fisheries Department and strengthen it by integrating all sections.

Announcing that his government would establish fish seed centers in the coming two years, the Chief Minister exuded confidence that 3.5 lakh ton fish would be produced this year. He said his government was moving forward targeting 11 lakh ton fish production. He said there was a chance to develop 5,5000-crore fish seed and the government was setting up two fisheries colleges and research centers by next year.

Stating that minor irrigation system was a great gift to the Telangana State, KCR said Kakatiya Kings and Nizams were responsible for the minor irrigation system in Telangana. He said the Andhra fishermen used to come to Srisailam for fishing and were taking away the livelihood of local fishermen.

KCR said the government will take up pisciculture in all the irrigation projects taken up by the State government on Godavari River. He said there was a need to estimate the share of the fishes of Telangana in Srisailam, Nagarjuna Sagar and Pulichintala projects. He said the State government would move forward by growing the fishes in all reservoirs like Singur, SRSP, Kadem, Ellampally, Nizam Sagar, Lanka Sagar, Waira and Paler with a perfect plan.           

Urging the Bestha and Mudiraj communities not to lock horns any more, the Chief Minister said the Bestha community will be given top priority and Mudiraj community will be given second priority and other communities a chance later. He also said the land oustees would also get a chance in the fisheries industry. He said his government will take up growing of fish seed scientifically and exuded confidence that the fishermen’s community would develop economically.

Earlier, T Rammohan Reddy (Congress), Kouser Mohiuddin (MIM), G Kishen Reddy (BJP), R Krishnaiah (TDP) and Sunnam Rajaiah (CPM) participated in the discussion. –NSS

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