Move to promote legal farming
Subsidies worth Rs.18,43,800 for prawn culturists were distributed here at the Collectorate by Collector C.Munianathan on Thursday.
Small farmers with two hectares or below could avail of subsidy of about Rs.60,000 per hectare to cover initial cost of establishing the farm.
The subsidies were part of an allotment of Rs.18.44 lakh for Nagapattinam district for the fiscal year of 2009-10. Under this, over 29 prawn culturists with a cumulative of 30.7 hectares were given subsidies.
The subsidy component that has been conceived by the government for promotion of legal prawn farming , is shared by the Central and the State governments on a ratio of 75 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Munianathan said the subsidy was part of the project to encourage brackish water aqua culture farming in a two-hectare area, duly certified by the National Fisheries Development Board.
According to the programme, a subsidy of Rs.60,000 was provided per hectare to a prawn farmer. Under this, the district has been allotted a cumulative subsidy of Rs.18.44 lakh, Mr.Munianathan said.
As per the Coastal Aquaculture Act 2005, prawn farmers must secure licence from the Coastal Aquaculture Authority to run farms and to avail of the subsidy .
Prawn farms certified by the district-level and state-level committees will be authorised by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority.