Nagpur: “Fishery as a supplementary vocation has a tremendous potential in Gondia, Gadchiroli, Bhandara and Chandrapur districts under Nagpur region, so adopt it and develop it,” said divisional commissioner Anup Kumar.
He said this while presiding over a meeting held in divisional commissionerate on Aug 6 on the topic ‘Sweet-water Fishery Development in Nagpur Region and Overall Planning.’
Prominently present on the occasion included fisher vocation commissoner M B Gaikwad, Bhandara district collector Dheeraj Kumar, Gondia collector Dr Vijay Suryavanshi, Dy commissioner Hemant Kumar, joint commissioner G J Jadhav, Prakash Lonare (Rashtriya Matsyajivi Sanghathan, New Delhi), Vijay Bandre, Uttam Patil, Ram Joshi and others.
Divisional commissioner Anup Kumar further said, “Fishery is being undertaken as a major vocation over several years in Gondia and Chandrapur districts for the development of fishermen of the areas. And, it needs further development in the interest of 3.50 lakh families depending on this vocation, and whose financial condition will also boost up.”
According to him, fishery can be developed at a large scale and it can further be marketed through cooperative societies. It therefore requires a research on its further scope.
Speaking on the occasion, M B Gaikwad said, all efforts are being made to develop fishery in Vidarbha. There are 7,491 water-tanks (talav) and lakes in which the fishery is being done by villagers from 8,541 villages in 85,879 hectare area. There are 679 fishery cooperative societies with 66,768 members, and 48,758 metric ton fish produced, he informed.
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