Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday asked the Fisheries Department to take steps for setting up ‘Fish Landing Ports’ on both the banks of river Brahmaputra and Barak.
He directed the department to finalize an implementation roadmap at the earliest so that the State could draw maximum benefit from the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana and open vast employment opportunities for youth in Assam.
Fish landing center is a place where the number or poundage of fish unloaded by commercial fishermen or brought to shore by recreational fishermen for personal use
Sonowal said that the department must make better use of ponds and waterbodies across Assam apart from setting up ‘Fish Farmer-Producer Groups’ for better coordination and market linkage.
Keeping in view the progress made in the fisheries sector during last four years in the State, Sonowal asked the department to put its vision and efforts to capture the fish markets of neighbouring States. He further asked the department to take steps for facilitating use of Refrigerated Van and Life Van Carrier for scientific transportation of fish from point of production to markets in the State.
“Prepare district level action plans and collate the same for finalizing the State Action Plan with adequate focus on modern methods of Pisciculture along with steps for setting up of hatchery, feed mill, and use of recirculatory aquaculture as well as cage culture,” he said.
The Chief Minister also stressed on adequate measures for strengthening production, procurement and marketing ecosystem as well as empowering skills of the youth on pisciculture.