Mercykutty Amma announces fish preservation centres, inland fish farming projects
Alappuzha/Kalady: Minister for Fisheries J. Mercykutty Amma announced new projects to improve fish farming. She said that fish preservation centres will be set up in backwater areas including Thanneermukkom in order to enhance fish production in Vembanad Lake. She was inaugurating a clam processing unit of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) on Perumbalam island in Cherthala.
"The fish preservation centres will help reduce catching fish like pearl spot during their breeding period. Fishermen will be assigned to guard them. The south side of Thanneermukkom bund is dumped with waste and this results in mass destruction of clams. There are plans to close the bund completely and to remove the waste once a year," the minister said.
The clam processing unit in Perumbalam is the first of its kind in the state. It has hi-tech facilities worth Rs 60 lakh and can clean upto one ton of clams per day. About 250 families in the panchayat will be the direct beneficiaries of the unit. 90 women have already been trained for the purpose.
Inland fish farming to be encouraged
Mercykutty Amma while visiting cage fish farming centre in Malayattoor said that inland fish farming will be encouraged. The minister added that the government supported fish farming centres will provide employment and income for the youth.
About 60,000 juvenile fish are grown in 60 cages in the 110 acre wide Manappattuchira. Tilapia, pearl spot and boal fish are reared in the cages. The fish attain full growth in 180 days. Individuals are growing the fish at the cost of Rs 60 lakh with permission of the panchayat. The government will provide a subsidy of 40 percent.