Haryana to provide advance grant under PMMSY, chief minister announces

September 19, 2022Chandīgarh: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal while announcing a big boon for the farmers who trade in fisheries, said that the government of Haryana will provide an advance grant to the farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) if there is delay in the grant from central government.

In addition, the Chief Minister also announced the establishment of a test laboratory related to this activity in Sirsa. This will directly benefit the local farmers who are in this business as previously the farmers in this district had to specially travel to Rohtak for the lab test facility.

Manohar Lal was speaking at a shrimp farmers’ workshop held in Chormar Khera village, Sirsa district, held on Monday.

He further announced that a wholesale fish market would also be opened in Jhajjar or Gurugram districts for buying and selling fish. This would ensure the economic progress of farmers. Like the Kisan credit card, the government also provides credit cards to fish farmers. Similarly, the government is also in talks with banks and insurance companies to also provide insurance facilities for fisheries, Mr. Manohar Lal added.

The Chief Minister said that energy consumption is a big problem in fish farming. Currently, the government provides electricity at the rate of 4.75 per unit to farmers whose consumption is 20 kW. Fish farmers can also install solar power plants on their plots, for this a subsidy of Rs. 20,000 per horsepower, with a maximum limit of Rs 2 lakh is given to them.

Upcoming Aqua Park in Bhiwani

The Chief Minister said that a water park, at a cost of Rs 30 crore, would be established in Garwa village in Bhiwani district. This water park will be established on 25 acres. In this framework, new research related to fish farming, new variety of fish farming and seed research will be conducted. This will directly benefit fish farmers, he said.

The chief minister said that the benefits of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana would be available for the next three years. Shrimp is exported in large quantities. This brings foreign currency into the country which is important for India’s economic growth. Such projects will help realize the dream of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, for India to achieve the goal of a $5 trillion economy and for this India is working on new techniques related to fish farming, said Mr. Manohar Lal.

Chief Minister commends farmers in Sirsa district for making progress in prawn fishery

The Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, is setting up several new programs and projects to double farmers’ incomes. One of them is fishing. Ordinary farmers cannot earn more by only growing crops, but they can certainly earn more from animal husbandry, fish farming, mushroom production, etc. Progressive farmers should step forward and inspire other farmers to join them.

He also commended the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Fisheries, Mr. JP Dalal, and the farmers of Sirsa district for making progress in the prawn fishery.

Objective to increase shrimp production to 4000 MT

“We are continuously promoting shrimp production in the saline lands and waterlogged areas of Haryana. In the year 2014-15, the total shrimp farming area was 70 acres and the total production was only 140 MT, which has now increased to 1250 acres and the production has also increased to 2900 MT in during the year 2021-22,” said Mr. Manohar Lal.

He said the state government has set a target this year to increase that acreage from 1,250 acres to 2,500 acres and production from 2,900 metric tons to 4,000 metric tons.

The Chief Minister said that in 2014, 1 lakh metric tons of fish were produced in Haryana from a total farming area of ​​43,000 acres and this year the target has been increased to 54,000 acres. In addition to this, the state government has also set a target to increase the production to 2.10 lakh metric tons. A target has been set to provide 25 lakh of fish seed to farmers in the state, Mr Manohar Lal added.

The state government stands side by side with farmers, Smt. Sunita Duggal

Sirsa MP Smt. Sunita Duggal said the Chief Minister has been in Sirsa for three days. During his visit to all the complainants who participated in the Jan Samvad program, the Chief Minister not only gave a patient hearing to all the complainants but also provided redress on the spot.

Farmers in Sirsa district will benefit from the shrimp fishing activity. It is a better option for farmers to profit from fish farming in waterlogged areas. Alongside the central government, the government of Haryana is also cooperating, she added.

Smt. Duggal called on farmers to step forward and assured them the government was with them. Sirsa will now forge a new unique identity by producing shrimp.

Sirsa played an important role in the revolution of the country, JP Dalal

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Fisheries, MJP Dalal said farmers in Sirsa district deserve applause as they have played a central role in ushering in a new revolution in the country doing the shrimp fishing business.

Farmers here have also shown the way to other farmers how salt water which is considered a curse for farming can prove a boon in prawn fishing. About 10 lakh acres of land in the state has salt water and waterlogging problem. Since not all farmers in the state can take the risk of doing shrimp fishing with so much investment, but these 400 farmers who have successfully adopted this profession have certainly written a success story, the minister added.

Mr. Dalal said that there is no such business in which the investor can expect to make a profit in just six months, but in the shrimp fishery, farmers not only get their investment, but also make a profit in six months.

The Minister also requested the Chief Minister to ensure the timely arrangement of seeds for the farmers likely to come from Hyderabad.

He also said that the functioning of the fisheries department should be strengthened and testing laboratories should be opened for farmers practicing fish farming. In addition to this, a plan should be drawn up for the establishment of processing plants.

The Minister further insisted that farmers receive loans from cooperative banks for fish farming and shrimp production.

“I have set myself the goal of making 10,000 farmers in the state financially prosperous by encouraging them to do shrimp fishing business,” Dalal said.

Earlier, the chief minister visited the shrimp production plot of Smt. Veerpal Kaur, the beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana in Mithri village in Sirsa district.

During this meeting, the Special Secretary of Fisheries Department, Mr. Jaibir Singh Arya, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Parth Gupta, the Superintendent of Police, Dr. Arpit Jain and other senior officers were present.

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