Uttarakhand News

Fisheries projects started in Almora and Uttarkashi districts for underprivileged women

In order to encourage fisheries as a means of income in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand, the state government have started pilot fisheries project in Almora and Uttarkashi districts. According to the fisheries project, a group of 5 women from the villages will be provided fish ponds under the MNREGA scheme. The minimum income from the fisheries business is expected to be around Rs. 6000 in the first year. The government will provide for the fish food as a grant. This project is aimed at the section of underprivileged, poor and widowed women in order to empower them and make financially independent.

On the Fisheries Day, Directorate of Fisheries organized a program from where Women Welfare and Child Development and Fisheries minister Rekha Arya flagged off the projects in Almora and Uttarakashi. A seminar was also organized where fisheries owners were honored. On the occasion Rekha Arya said that women in hills are very hardworking. The agricultural activities required a lot of work while the income generated form it is not satisfactory. Hence, fisheries is a viable option as a income source and should be encouraged.

Inputs from Amar Ujala