MANGALDAI: A high-level team of the officials of the State Fisheries Department, accompanied by world fish expert Dr. Trong from Malaysia and Dr. Suresh, on Monday visited various ongoing schemes of the department being implemented in Darrang district under different programmes of the Fisheries department.
Director of Fisheries Padma Nath Das along with other senior officials of the department led the team to make an on-the-spot study of the successful implementation of the schemes which are likely to benefit the fish entrepreneurs of the district. The team inspected different schemes being implemented under RIDF, RJDI, APART and SOPD and expressed satisfaction over the proper execution and implementation of the schemes.
Significantly, the team detected fishing in natural water bodies with fishing nets which is a violation of the provisions of the relevant laws and also seized several fishing nets from the violators. The team also took part in a number of awareness camps to create awareness on the need of honouring the provisions of the rules concerned only for the greater interest of the fish farmers. During their visit to the Upahupara fish farm at Mangaldai, the team examined the quality of the fish seed produced at the farm.
Later, talking to the media, Director of Fisheries Padma Nath Das said that the department had already taken up several major schemes under APART for the development of several fish farms of the State so that the required fish seeds could be made available round-the-clock. He also assured to take up some positive steps to encourage the fish farmers of the State so that they could take up fishery as their livelihood.
District Fishery Development Officer Tapan Kumar Das and Nodal Officer of APART, Dr. Sanjay Sarma also accompanied the team during their day-long visit. The beneficiaries at Upahupara Fish Farm earlier extended a hearty welcome to the visiting team with a phulam Bihuwan in the traditional way.