The proposed Fish Seed Law has been approved by the Cabinet and steps would be taken to pass the Bill in the coming Assembly session, said Fisheries Minister K Babu. He was inaugurating the meeting of fish farmers organised as part of the India International Aqua show in Kochi the other day.
The Minister also said electricity for aquaculture will be distributed on concession. Earlier, fish farmers were paying high prices for electricity. “The first aqua hospital will be established in Kochi under the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies. The Minister further said that the government had decided to start aqua clinics in nine districts.
“A special consortium will be formed to provide insurance cover for small-scale fish farmers. Various projects are also being formulated to become self-reliant in production of seeds,” he said.
A ‘karimeen’ hatchery was established at Anchuthengu in Kollam district at a cost of `16 crore. Hatcheries will be established at Bhoothathankettu, Kulsathupuzha in Thenmala East and Kallada East, Babu said.
The second phase of Malsya Samrudhi, would also begin soon, he said.