Market to cater to need for sale of produce from private entrepreneurs, fishermen community
SRINAGAR: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli and Minister for Finance Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari inaugurated ‘hygienic fish market’ at Hari Singh High Street here on Wednesday.
Minister of State for Forest, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Mir Zahoor Ahmad was also present on the occasion.
According to a handout, Kohli said that the retail fish market has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 29 lakh at a centrally-located place where people from different walks of life would have an easy access for purchase of fresh fish.
The minister said the market is equipped with all latest equipment like deep freezers, air conditioning facility, etc. He said this market will cater to the need for sale of the produce from private entrepreneurs, as well as the fishermen community. The market will also cater to the requirement of the departmental trout units for sale of the sealable size fish, said the minister, the handout read.
To increase the fish production, the department has taken a number of steps by way of constructing fish farms particularly rearing units throughout the state.
“There are 53 trout rearing units and 19 carp fish farms throughout the state under government sector and in view of the vast scope of employment generation, the department has privatised the fish culture in the state due to which a number of units both under carp as well as trout culture have come up. The department has established 515 trout units and 1039 carp units in private sector”, read the handout.
In view of the increasing demand of fish, the department has already established retail fish sale outlets in different districts including Kathua, Rajouri, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara and now in Srinagar, it further read.
The ministers directed the concerned to keep available an adequate quantity of fish in the market for the people in view of forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. They also directed them to deploy mobile fish vans ready for the convenience of the general public in different areas of the Srinagar city.