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Punjab heading towards Blue Revolution
The efforts to develop water-logged affected areas in Muktsar District as a centre of fish farming, is now on the threshold of a Blue Revolution. The aim is to encourage farmers to go in for diversification and opt for fish farming in the state.

The farmers of the district have already stepped towards Blue Revolution with the start of fish farming on 1611.80 acres while the work on 224 acres of fish ponds is also going on. 

Giving this information, Jaskiran Singh, DC said, the farmers of four most affected area of water-logging ? Ghagga, Ratta Khera, Tapa and Mania Wala ? are being provided the fish ponds so that the farmers could earn from lands lying undeveloped since  many years. In these villages, first installment of 30 per cent subsidy for 285 acres and second installment of 30 per cent for 218 acres and third installment40 percent for 121 acres, have already been released.

Likewise, these farmers have been provided Rs.1.57 crore subsidy out of which pung have also been stocked on 61.80 acres.  He also informed that there is a target to bring new area of 475 acres under fish farming.

Jaskirn Singh further said, apart from these villages, 40 per cent subsidy is being provided by the government in other water-logged affected villages.  Out of the total expenditure of Rs.3.5 lakh per hectare, Rs.1.4 lakh is  being given as subsidy besides Rs.15,000 for renovation of old ponds and alongwith fish farming, Rs.16000 for complete unit for hen, swan and pig farming.  A subsidy of Rs.18000 on the cost of Rs.4000 of Oxygen Expansion instruement, is also being given by the government.

Making an appeal to the farmers of the district, DC said, the farmers should start the fish farming after getting a proper training from IFTC established in village Abul Khurana.  The department also help in getting loan from the banks at cheaper interest rates.  The next batch at IFTC is starting from June 23.

On this occasion, Ramesh Kumar, Dy.Director, Fisheries Deptt. and Satish Bansal, Fish Media Officer were also present.

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