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FISHERIES DEPARTMENT

 

Who we are

District Fisheries Office Latehar was established in December 2005. Before this, it was a sub divisional fisheries office under District Fisheries Department of  Palamu. This department was created to make maximum use of the water resources available in the district for the purpose of increasing the fish production and enhancing the nutritional levels of the people in the district.

This department is catering to the needs of fishers and those who are interested in fishing as a livelihood. It provides technical, input and marketing support to the fishers by providing fish seedlings and other support for harvesting and marketing of fish.

Fishery is considered as an occupation and alleviation option to get the inland fishery population out of the poverty by optimally using the water resources available in the district.

Background

The overall objective of the Department is to fulfill the demand for fish by utilizing the available water resources with the adoption of advanced techniques for more production of fish to make the district as self sufficient in fish production.
The fisheries development programme plays an important role in development of rural areas, which has vast inland water resources. Fish serves to supplement the nutritional food requirement of the people. Its production generates additional employment opportunities and thus improves the income level in rural areas.
It has also been realised that fisheries development could be used as a tool for bringing about socio-economic and ecological change amongst the rural farming community by providing fish production, as a main / subsidiary source of occupation. Through Fishing, we can conserve the water bodies and thereby it is possible to recharge the ground water of the area. It is also an environment friendly occupation that will benefit to the fishers and those around the villages.
The vast inland fisheries resources in Latehar District -ponds, bandhs, reservoirs and lakes scattered all over the State particularly in rural areas. Still, the district is far behind in fish production, in spite of quite suitable agro-climatic conditions. The present level of fish production is about 900 kg/hectare/year. There is potential for enhance the production level to 2500 kg / hectare / year by adopting intensive fish culture techniques. Therefore, the Department of Fisheries was created to increase the fish production by providing forward and backward linkages to the existing/potential fish farmers.
What we do
The Department of Fisheries exists to provide and to undertake the following tasks/functions :

  • Extend modern technology of fish culture and seed production using the ponds and reservoirs.
  • Strengthen rural economy by engaging more rural people in fish farming.
  • Involve financing institutions effectively for providing loans to fish farmers for renovation of ponds, excavation of new ponds and water logged areas to bring more areas under fish culture and for essential pisciculture material like seed, manure, inputs, etc.
  • To encourage local fish farmers to take up trade of fish seed production in private sector to meet the demands of quality fish seeds.
  • To give special stress on raising the socio-economic condition of tribals by adopting pisciculture oriented schemes.
  • To provide basic civic amenities like housing, drinking water and community hall for recreation of fish farmers on a cluster basis.
  • To impart training to fish farmers in improved techniques of fish rearing, seed production and also to arrange for demonstration of these techniques in selected government fish farms.

Development Initiative

Development  Schemes through the Fishery Department

 
The following are the key activities undertaken by or through the department.

  • Fish seed production & distribution and fish-fingerling stocking in the reservoirs.
  • Fish spawn on subsidy and providing nets to the fish seed growers
  • Composite Fish Culture.
  • Construction & renovation of Government & Private ponds through bank loan.
  • Important training to fish farmers. To provide subsidy to fish farmers.
  • To provide honorarium to fish seed growers.
  • Construction of 0.30 acres pond to fish farmers of ST which unit cost is Rs. 0.45 lakh.
  • Construction of fishermen houses which unit cost is 0.40 lakh.
  • Saving cum relief scheme for fishermen.
  • Life insurance for fishermen.
  • Training to the fishermen  

 

Central government schemes

Subsidy to Fish Farmers

This is a scheme to provide financial assistance to fish seed growers. Under this Scheme, subsidy is given to them for construction of seed rearing ponds and fish seed hatchery for the development of pisciculture. The purpose of the scheme is to involve local fish farmers to take up the activity of fish and fish seed production.

Fisheries Domestic Market

This is a new scheme in which the purpose is to provide financial assistance to fish sellers. Under this scheme, financial assistance is given to the fish sellers for show casing fishery enterprises, providing electronic balance, uniform and identity card to the retailers. The purpose of the scheme is to provide local fish to the consumers in hygienic condition. The Department has planned to open Fresh Fish Stall in different districts.

Strengthening of Government fish seed farm and pond

The objective of the scheme is to develop the Government tanks in urban areas as well as Government Fish Farms as Fish seed banks as well as Aqua Park, which will not only provide fish seed throughout the year to the farmers but also act as model demonstration farms for awareness generation.

Fish Farmers Development Agency

The main objective of this scheme is renovation of tanks and excavation of new ponds, farms, hatcheries and develop water-logged areas to bring them under pisciculture and to provide essential pisciculture inputs namely seed, manure, etc. It is also intended to introduce among fishermen modern techniques of fish production through training programmes and provide loans to fish farmers depending on availability of water bodies. This is a central scheme shared with 75% contribution from central government and 25% from the state government.

Housing scheme for fishermen

The main objective of the scheme is to develop model fishermen Villages. The central and state Governments share the cost of this scheme on 50:50 basis. It is proposed for construction houses for fishermen with other basic amenities during the Financial Year 2010-11.

Group accidental insurance scheme for Active fishermen

The main objective of the scheme is to provide insurance coverage for active fisher folk/ licensed/identified or registered with the state. The central and state Governments share the cost of this scheme on 50:50 basis. It is planned to provide group accidental insurance scheme for fishermen.

Fisheries Training and Extension Scheme

Under this scheme, special training is imparted to progressive fish farmers with study tour to other states like Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal and establishment of one Fish farmers' Training and Awareness Centre. In this scheme central contributes 80% and the Jharkhand government share is 20%.

National Fisheries Development Board

There is great potentiality for culture of fish in reservoirs. Under this scheme, stocking of fingerling in reservoirs and special training for reservoir fisheries and reservoir management will be taken up. In addition, assistance for freshwater aquaculture and marketing of fish will be provided to the farmers. The share of central government for this scheme is 90% with 10% contribution from the State.

State Schemes
Reclamation and development of Tank Fisheries

This scheme is planned to produce quality fish seed needed for increasing fish production and stocking quality seed in different kinds of water bodies.

Development of Reservoir Fisheries

The main objective of this scheme is to enhance the production of fish from the reservoirs and to provide support to the fishermen in harvesting and marketing of fish. For achieving this objective, regular stocking of advance fingerlings is of utmost importance.

Extension Scheme for Fisheries

The main objective of the scheme is stocking of fish seed, survey of new ponds, extension through seminars, workshops and documentary films, farmers' meet at village level, subsidy for vehicles for the transport of fish and fish seed as well as demonstration of poly-culture in private and Government tanks for brood stock production, training and production of oil cakes as well as monitoring to the individual fish farmers by Matsya Mitras, Seed Growers and Brood stockers.

Survey & Strengthening of fisheries development

Under this scheme, it is proposed to undertake survey, monitoring and evaluation of fish production through government and external agencies for the development of fisheries.

Reorganization of fish farmers training centre

Under this scheme, it is proposed to established fish farmers training centre with hostel facility.

Who is responsible for the Fishery Department?

District Fisheries Officer cum Chief Executive Officer of the Department is responsible for the implementation of the above mentioned scheme. Mr.Pramod Kumar Rai is now officiating as District Fisheries cum Chief Executive Officer of the District. The District Fisheries Officer is assisted by Fisheries Extension Officer, Fisheries Extension Inspector and Fisheries Extension Supervisor.

 
 

 

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