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There are many schemes to promote it: official

Prawn farmers with their catch at Chendia village in Karwar taluk.
Prawn farmers with their catch at Chendia village in Karwar taluk.

There are several schemes to encourage prawn farming in coastal areas of Karnataka, Vijay Mohanaraj, Chief Executive Officer of the Uttara Kannada Zilla Panchayat, has said.

He was speaking after visiting the prawn farm of Raghunath Pednekar of Chendia village in Karwar taluk.

Mr. Vijay said that prawn farming in Uttara Kannada was becoming popular. The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) would provide technical assistance, training, and financial help to prawn farmers. Prawn farmers would also get assistance from the Prawn Farmers' Association in the district.

Mr. Vijay lauded Mr. Raghunath Pednekar's success in prawn farming.

Mr. Vijay said that people, who were interested in rearing ornamental fish, would also get assistance. Interested women's self-help groups would be given training in this filed in the district, he added.

Philipos of CMFRI said that six groups of fishermen had been formed to rear Sibas fish. The National Fisheries Development Board would provide technical and financial help to these groups. Each fisheries society would get five cages to rear Sibas.

V.K. Dhulkhed, Executive Officer of the Prawn Farmers' Association, said that there were 87 prawn ponds in the district. Prawn farmers were getting good returns now. This had encouraged more people to take up prawn farming, he added.

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