Raipur: Chhattisgarh government will undertake a survey using remote sensing satellite technology for mapping the location of ponds, rivers and other water bodies to encourage fish farming in the state.
“The state has sufficient number of ponds, water bodies and rivers to produce fish of any variety. Therefore, the government is carrying out remote sensing survey to identify location of these water bodies to use them for fish rearing,” a government official said here on Wednesday.
The survey will initially be carried out in eight districts, following which digital maps of water bodies will be prepared at village and block-level.
All details relating to fish rearing will be computerised and made online. A web application will also be created on the entire database, he added.
The production of fish in the state is increasing at a rapid pace, the official said, adding, “2.51 lakh metric tonnes of fish production has been registered till December 2015 in the last fiscal, which was 1.20 lakh metric tonnes in 2004-05. Over 25 lakh metric tonnes of fish of different variety has been produced in the state in the past 12 years.”
The state government has become self-sufficient in production of fish seeds. About 25 crore fish seeds were produced in 2001-02, which has gone up to 135 crore fish seeds in the year 2015-16, he added.
“The government has taken several steps to boost fish production, which has ensured employment to two lakh fishermen. Banks are providing loan worth Rs one lakh at one per cent interest rate to farmers to boost fish production,” the official said.