Fishing community now gets benefits like farmers: CM

With the introduction of a fisheries policy in Chhattisgarh, the fishing community is deriving     benefits like farmers. This includes zero percent loan facility and coverage under all other schemes of farmers, said Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday.

He was addressing the General Convention of ‘Dheevar Samaj’ at the Indira Gandhi Agriculture University auditorium at Raipur. He also administered oath to the newly elected office bearers.

He vowed to extend all help for the construction of a well-equipped building for the community once the land is allotted. He also rectified the confusion regarding the definition of ‘fishermen’ in the fisheries policy.

The state government has been working to empower every section of the society. By including fisheries as industry, it has been made equivalent to agriculture and all benefits of government schemes have been extended to the sector, said Baghel.

The Chief Minister said the state has achieved         average fish production of 4,000 tonnes per hectare. But some progressive fishermen using innovations are harvesting 10,000 tonnes per hectare, he said.