Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy releasing fingerlings in Swarna project at Swarna village in Sarangapur mandal of Nirmal district.
Nirmal: The district, known for making rapid strides in agriculture, is now set to welcome a blue revolution. Blessed with over 150 water bodies totally covering an area of 53,565 hectares, it is excelling in fish cultivation and production. The district is among the top five districts of the State in this sector.
“The district registered fish production by nearly 11,000 metric tonne so far this year as against the annual target of 15,000 metric tonne. It had seen 13,050 metric tonne of output in 2019 and 9,000 metric tonne in 2018. It is showing a steady growth in this field. Its performance can be attributed to release of fingerlings and slew of welfare schemes by the government,” District Fisheries Officer Bandari Devender told ‘Telangana Today.’
According to the authorities of Fisheries department, Nirmal is giving stiff competition to its counterparts such as Nalgonda, Khammam, Karimnagar in recording the largest yield for last three years. It is endowed with five reservoirs, 151 medium and 450 minor irrigation tanks where fish and prawns are raised. The reservoirs include Sri Ram Sagar Project, Kaddam Narayan Reddy Project, Swarna project, Suddawagu or Gaddenna project and Palsikar Rangarao project or Chinna Suddavagu project.
As part of fisheries development programme, 4.41 crore fingerlings were dropped in these water bodies in 2019, helping the fishermen achieve financial empowerment. A total of 4.05 crore and 3.59 crore fingerlings were released into these reservoirs and irrigation tanks in 2018 and 2017. A sum of 85.51 lakh shrimps were dropped in the five water bodies.
The district has a population of 15,000 fishermen and of them, 9,240 were registered with 187 societies. In order to encourage the fishermen community, the government granted buildings to 31 cooperative societies. Fund of Rs 35 crore were allocated to the district under Integrated Fisheries Development Scheme in 2018-19 financial year.
Subsidised fishnets, mopeds, ice boxes, digital weighing machines, luggage auto-rickshaws were given to eligible members of cooperative societies. Two fish markets were created in Bhainsa and Sarangapur mandal centre enabling the fishermen to sell their produce.
Besides, ex-gratia of Rs 6 lakh is given to the kin of fisherman if she or he drowns in a water body and dies in an accident. Beneficiaries can avail the scheme by submitting post-mortem certificate and copy of First Information Record obtained from local police stations. The aid is directly credited to bank accounts within short span of time.
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