Haryana receives federal grant for prawn culture

Tuesday, 29 July 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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CHANDIGRAH: Haryana is embarking on an ambitious plan to produce prawns and has received a federal grant of 27.5 million for the development of fresh water prawn culture.

A Haryana fisheries department official said Monday: "The project is being implemented with technical assistance from the Marine Product Export Development Authority."

The department had brought about 95 hectares of water area under fresh water prawn culture, stocking 2.67 million Scampi seeds. At least 82 farmers have been sent for a study tour to Andhra Pradesh.

The official said the federal government had also provided 8.57 million to the state government for bringing 35 hectares of saline soil and waterlogged areas under fish and prawn culture.

An outlay of 4.34 billion had been approved for the implementation of various fishery schemes during the 10th five year plan and the state fisheries department had approved a plan outlay worth 50 million for the current financial year for producing 41,500 tonnes of fish.

Source: IANS
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