J&K women to set up backyard fish hatcheries

Trained under the Woman Entrepreneurs Programme, women in Jammu and Kashmir are soon going to set up Backyard Ornamental Fisheries Units in the state.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 18:27 PM IST

Jammu: Trained under the Woman Entrepreneurs Programme, women in Jammu and Kashmir are soon going to set up Backyard Ornamental Fisheries Units in the state, Deputy Director Fisheries Jammu S S Sharma, who was the course coordinator of the programme, said on Sunday.

"Women in the State will setup Backyard Ornamental Fisheries units in the State as their training by the department has been completed," said Sharma. After the successful completion of training, the trainees have become eligible for applying for the establishment of Backyard Ornamental Fisheries unit under NFDB guidelines, he said.
Under the scheme the cost of a unit is Rs 1 lakh. And on the recommendation of state Fisheries Department, NFDB will give 50 per cent subsidy on the unit cost to members of self help groups and fisherwomen cooperatives, 25 per cent subsidy to any individual household and 30 percent subsidy to SC/ST/NE for establishment of backyward hatchery.

It will be released in two instalments. The balance amount could be availed from commercial banks as bank loan as per NABARD guidelines or the entrepreneur can
spend the balance money from his own resources.

Sharma said that the unit holder can earn a net profit of Rs 42,000 per year by undertaking six cycles of breeding in a year. At a later stage, the export of fishes can also be taken up by organising a cooperative society of producers, Sharma said.
A five-day training programme for women entrepreneurs, was organised by Department of Fisheries at Fish Farm Ghoumanhasan regarding rearing of Backyard Ornamental
Fisheries unit, he said.

Held in collaboration with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), during the programme 39 women trainees were introduced to various activities related to the
management, breeding and culture of ornamental fish species suitable in the local conditions.

PTI