Rajulapudi Srinivas

Nizampantam, Machilipatnam, Kakinada harbours to be improved

Women selling aqua products to be given loans up to Rs. 10 lakh with 40 p.c. subsidy

NFDB to train women's groups in villages and give Rs.50,000 for launching projects

NELLORE: The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has prepared an action plan with Rs.270 crore to develop harbours and fish markets and provide training to farmers during the year 2010-11.

The board will develop hygienic fish markets, improve private fish and prawn farms, start ornamental fish raising centres with the help of women groups and develop fishing harbours in the country, said the board's Chief Executive P. Krishnaiah.

Speaking to The Hindu, the board chief said the NFDB provided training to 60,000 farmers on raising fish and shrimp tanks with latest technologies and hatcheries. The board was also focusing on reservoir fish culture and recently, Rs.15 lakh was sanctioned for raising fish in Somasila reservoir in Nellore district. Training was also given to 750 staff of Fisheries Department on various technologies, said the Chief Executive.

Proposals received

The board officials received proposals for developing Nizampatnam, Machilipatnam and Kakinada harbours in Andhra Pradesh. An amount of Rs.19 crore has been earmarked for taking up various projects in Andhra Pradesh.

As part of aquaculture promotion, NFDB will fund for construction of fish markets, infrastructure development in aqua labs, encouraging the entrepreneurs in fish and prawn culture. The board will also provide loans up to Rs.10 lakh with 40 per cent subsidy for women, if they come forward to launch aqua products selling shops, he said.

NFDB has sanctioned about 300 ornamental fish rearing centres with 50 per cent subsidy in Kerala. The board will provide training to the interested women groups in villages and give Rs.50,000 cash for starting the projects.

“We are ready to train the women on raising ornamental fish ,” said Mr. Krishnaiah.