Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Pocharam Srinivas Reddy has underlined the need for increased focus on fish seed rearing and production for tapping the enormous fisheries potential in the district and enhancing the income of fisherfolk.
Self-sufficiency in fish seed production is imperative to give a fillip to inland fisheries and boost income of fishermen, he said. He was addressing officials of the agriculture and other allied departments at a review meeting held here on Friday. Minister for Roads and Buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao, Collector D S Lokesh Kumar, and others were present.
On the requirement of nearly 7.22 crore fish seed for taking up inland fisheries in the water bodies across the district, the minister said the existing fish seed farms in Wyra and Kinnerasani will be strengthened and major thrust will be laid on promoting fish seed production.
The Minister asked the officials of the Horticulture Department to encourage farmers to take up cultivation of horticulture crops in “pandal” and other scientific methods by availing subsidies on drip irrigation for reaping rich dividends.
The ministers also reviewed drinking water supply, Mission Kakatiya works and other developmental activities in the in-camera meeting. Sources said that they have expressed serious concern over the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for farm mechanization scheme by a group of errant employees in the district. They reportedly sought deterrent action against the errant employees responsible for the alleged embezzlement of public funds.