Gangtok, September 15 (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department Shri Lok Nath Sharma graced the Valedictory Session of the three-days long Skill Development Training Programme on Trout and Carp Farming at Atal Incubation Centre (AIC)-SMUTBI, Majhitar, East Sikkim, today.
The Hon’ble Minister expressed happiness over the participation of youths entrepreneurs in the Skill Development Training on fisheries and anticipated a new dimension of success as an output of the training session.
He informed that, at present the state records annual import of fish of around Rupees 26-27 crore and now aspiring fisheries entrepreneurs have an absolute opportunity to grab the market with intensive trout/ carp farming at a large scale.
He urged trainees to be motivated in enhancing capacity and attitudinal predisposition to begin a new revolution in the fisheries sector. The sector would play an instrumental role in a joint venture of making Sikkim a self-reliant state.
He urged trainees to work with strong determination and added that the government is always ready to extend all possible support and cooperation.
He added, that the State Government has formed two Fish Farmers Producer Organizations (FFPOs) at Regu in East and Sribadam in West District and also highlighted various benefits entitled by these FFPOs.
The State Government has availed a 35% subsidy to the unemployed youths under the Skilled Youth Start-Up Scheme and advised emerging entrepreneurs to manage to use the opportunities for substantial growth in the fisheries and farming sector.
He also visited various units of Atal Incubation Centre, an independent entity supported by NITI Aayog and further appreciated technically skilled innovative designs like Vertical Farming Internet of Things (IOT).
He also informed that the State Fish Mela is tentatively scheduled for 29th and 30th September 2021.
Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Dr Sangey D. Bhutia expressed happiness on the feedback of the participants. He urged trainees to utilise the obtained inputs in fisheries farming and share knowledge further with the interested farmers in the society. He also advised the Directorate of Fisheries to conduct such training programme on a periodical basis.
Entrepreneur Shri Dewaker Basnett from Namcheybong, who was one of the participants, shared his experiences of the workshop and also acknowledged the growth in the farming sector in the State. He stated that there is emergence of progressive indicator in the animal husbandry sector in the State at present.
Shri Suraj Rai from Regu also shared his feedback and expressed gratitude to the Government for providing opportunities in building entrepreneurship skills in Carp and Trout Culture.
During the valedictory session, the Minister also handed over the Certificate of Participation to the trainees.
The programme began with the welcome address by CEO AIC/Majitar Dr Tej Chingtham concluded with the vote of thanks presented by the Director/ Directorate of Fisheries Shri N. Jaswant.