THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government has granted permission for a development project worth Rs 3.44 crore for the National Fish seed farm at Neyyar here, Fisheries and Ports Minister K Babu has said.
“A total of Rs 1 crore has been granted for this project this financial year and the Harbour Engineering Department is in-charge of the project. The first phase of the project will be completed before August 31 next year,” said the Minister in a statement on Sunday.
A sum of Rs 40 lakh to start an aquaculture training centre at the Fish seed farm has been granted. “A total of Rs 150 lakh has been granted to establish around five training centres in the state,” the minister added.
A sum of Rs 4.57 lakh has been allotted for the Kadalarivukal project by the government. State Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA) is in-charge of the project.
To establish a modernised fish market at Paika in Kottayam, a sum of Rs 80.26 lakh has been granted. Of this, Rs 67.51 lakh will be borne by National Fisheries Development Board and Rs 12.75 lakh will be borne by State Government.
Centralised fish malls with counters for dried fish, ornamental fish, fresh fish, snacks bar, locker system and playground for kids will be started soon. Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode are selected for the fish malls.