Min: River Ranching To Generate Employment | Patna News –

PATNA: Minister of animal husbandry and fisheries department, Afaque Alam, launched the river ranching programme by releasing 3.50 lakh juvenile fishes into the Ganga at Gandhi ghat here on Wednesday. He said the programme was aimed at increasing fish farming in the state and generating awareness among farmers in this field.
Alam said that the state still lagged behind in production of fishes and it had to procure more from other states. Chief minister Nitish Kumar’s ‘Saat Nishchay Yojana part – II’ also has a programme to promote fish farming and motivate people for it. “Farmers are being made aware on conservation and farming of fishes, while juvenile fishes are being made available by the College of Fisheries, Pusa,” he said.
“Such river ranching programmes are part of the government scheme and it will be carried out in all districts of the state. It will also generate employment opportunities and enhance fish farming,” he said. Senior officials of the animal husbandry and fisheries department and the college of fisheries were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, departmental secretary N Saravana Kumar said per kilometre production of fish in the state rivers has dropped by 10 to 12 times in the last three decades.
Director of fisheries Nishat Ahmed said the government is to release 39.50 lakh juvenile fish in Ganga, Gandak and Budhi Gandak rivers this year.