SHILLONG, MAY 2: The Fisheries Research and Training Institute at Mawpun in Ri Bhoi district set up by the state fisheries department at a cost of Rs 2 crore was inaugurated by PWD (roads) minister Sniawbhalang Dhar in the presence of chief secretary WMS Pariat and principal secretary of the department K. N. Kumar on Thursday.
The institute was funded through the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGVY) as part of the fisheries department’s ambitious Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission (SAM) and is expected to benefit the fish farmers of the state. The institute has rooms for holding classes, a dormitory, a laboratory and fish ponds farmers could get practical training.
SAM is one of the nine missions under the Integrated Basin Development & Livelihood Programme initiated by the government with the objective of providing livelihood to the rural population. Through the mission, the state government hopes to create economic activities for one lakh fish farmers of the state. The aim is to provide training to 20, 000 fish farmers every year over the next five years.
About 15, 000 metric tons of fish is consumed in Meghalaya annually. However, the state only produces 6, 000 MT and the huge deficit is made up by importing the fish from Andhra Pradesh. -By Our Reporter