With an average fish production of 5,600 kg per hectare per year, Haryana ranks second after Punjab in fish production in the country.
Announcing this here today, an official spokesman said panchayats are earning about Rs 25 crore per year by giving village ponds on lease for fish farming and they have earned about Rs 165 crore during last about seven years.
He said that with a view to increasing the income of fish farmers and promote fish farming, VAT on fish feed and fish meal has been waived off by the state government and the tariff of electricity supply to the fisheries sector has been reduced by 25 paisa per unit.
It is at par with that of agriculture sector, he said, adding that State Fish Seed Farm having a capacity to produce 30 lakh fish seed per year is functional at Ottu in Sirsa district.
He said that 5135 families belonging to Scheduled Castes engaged in the fish farming have been benefited during the last seven and a half years.
He said that during the 11th Five Year Plan, the state government has approved various schemes of fisheries department involving an investment of Rs 89.73 crore.
In order to meet the growing demand for ornamental fish, a hatchery has been set up at government Fish Seed Farm, Saidhpura in district Karnal.
The same has been strengthened under the National Agriculture Development Scheme at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. He said that for testing water and soil, the state
government has strengthened 32 diagnostic laboratories in the state during last seven and a half years.