Reasi, Aug 27: Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Dairying, Animal Husbandry and Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L Murugan Saturday said that as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat Campaign under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), the government is focusing on inland production of fish particularly in hilly areas. The Minister said this while visiting a fisheries farm and breeding centre in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
During his visit, Murugan interacted with the fish farmers and handed over seeds to them to enhance fish production under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY).
The Minister advised the farmers to adopt the latest technology in fish farming so that they can come up to the mainstream and meet the demands of consumption and also of exports, particularly in fresh water fish production.
Murugan further said that government is promoting inland fisheries like Recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and fresh water fish. He added that the government is committed to promote inland fishing in the country and special emphasis is being given to hilly areas.
The Minister said that since 2014, for the first time an investment of Rs. 32,000 crore has been made within eight years in the fisheries sector and the results are there for anyone to see. He emphasized that because of this investment, a blue revolution is taking place in the country.
He added that PMMSY is the Prime Minister’s dream project and the Central Government is working in close coordination with state governments to make this dream come true.
The minister also launched a vaccination drive against Lumpy Skin Disease at Jyotipuram Gaushala in the district. The vaccination drive was organized by the Animal Husbandry Department.
Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Babila Rakwal, Senior Officer of Fisheries Department and other concerned were present on the occasion.
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