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Scheme on Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture

Objective of the Scheme Fisheries

The scheme is launched with the objective to:

  • Promote fish farming
  • Enhance fish production from the Inland sector
  • Increase fish seeds and quality seeds in the country
  • Develop hatcheries and brood banks across all the agro-climatic regions of the country
  • Generate employment opportunities
  • Diversify aquaculture practices
  • Provide sustenance to fish farmers –Fisheries

Components of the Scheme

The Ministry has approved the total assistance of Rs.135 Crores to cover all the inland fishery resources available in the country in the form of fresh water, brackish water, cold water, waterlogged areas, alkaline soils for aquaculture and other fishery resources such as reservoirs, ponds, tanks, rivers etc.

The expenses of the developmental activities are shared between the Central and the State Government with the ratio of 75:25 and the scheme covers the following components:

  • Development of Freshwater Aquaculture
  • Development of Brackishwater Aquaculture
  • Development of Waterlogged Areas
  • Cold water Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Productive Utilisation of Inland Saline Soil Aquaculture
  • Integrated Development of Inland Capture Resources (reservoirs/rivers, etc.)

Development of Freshwater Aquaculture

Description of Item Rate of assistance
Construction of new ponds Rs 2.00 lakh/ha in the plain areas. Subsidy @ 20% with a ceiling of Rs. 40,000/ha for all farmers except SC’s/ST’s for whom it will be Rs 50, 000/ha (25%)
Rs 3.0 lakh/ha in the hill States/Districts and North-Eastern region. Subsidy @ 20% with a ceiling of Rs 60,000/ha for all farmers except SC’s/ST’s for whom it will be Rs 75, 000/ha (25%)
Reclamation / Renovation of Ponds / tank Rs 60,000/ha subsidy @20% with a celling of RS 12,00/ha for all farmers except SC’s/ ST’s for whom it will be Rs 15,00/ha (25%)
Cost of inputs  a) Fin fish Culture – Rs 30,000/ha Subsidy @ 20% with a ceiling of Rs 6,000/ha for all farmers except SC’s/ST’s for whom it will be Rs 7,500/ha (25%)
b) Freshwater prawn culture – Unit cost Rs 1.20 lakh per ha. Subsidy @ 20% with a ceiling of Rs 24,000/- per ha
Running Water fish culture in hilly areas as well as in plain areas Rs 20,000/unit of 100 sq meters. The above cost is inclusive of rs 4,000 towards inputs. Subsidy @20% with a celling of Rs 4,000/- unit for all farmers except SC’s/ST’s for whom it will be rs 5,000/unit (25%) celling of 3 units for each farmer in term of admissibility of grant
Integrated Fish Farming Rs 80, 000/ha. Subsidy @ 20% with a ceiling of Rs 16, 000/ha for all farmers except SC’s/ST’s for whom it will be Rs 20,000/ha (25%).
Aerators/ pumps   50,000/unit of two- 1hp aerators/one ghp diesel pump subsidy @25 % with a celing of Rs  12,500/- for each set of aerators/ pump for all categories of farmers who have reached a level of production of 3000 kg/ha/year. Maximum of two-1hp aerators/one 5hp diesel pump for one hectare water area will be admissible
Freshwater Fish Seed Hatchery Rs 8 lakh for a fish seed hatchery with 10 million (fry) capacity for the plain areas and Rs 12 lakh for same capacity in the hill States/Districts and NE Region.
Subsidy @ 10% with a ceiling of Rs 80,000/- and Rs 1.20 lakh in the plain and hilly areas respectively to entrepreneurs only.
Fish feed units Small Units- Unit cost Rs 5 lakh with a capacity of 1.2 quintals/day the subsidy would be @20 % with a celling of Rs 1 lakh per unit to entrepreneurs
Training of fish farmers Stipend @ Rs 100/- per day during training period of 10 days and a lump sum of Rs 100/- towards travel expenses/field visits.
establishment of freshwater prawn seed hatchery   i) Unit cost Rs 30 lakh for a large freshwater prawn hatchery with a minimum capacity of 25 million PL/year this would be one time grant to the state for establishment of hatchery at state level
ii) Unit cost is Rs 8 lakh for a small hatchery of 5-10 million PL/year capacity. Subsidy @20 % with a celling of Rs 1.60 lakh to entrepreneurs as one time grant 
Establishment of laboratories at State level for water quality and fish health Investigations Unit cost is Rs 30 lakh (Rs 25 lakh for the construction of building and Rs 5 lakh for equipment, glassware & chemicals, etc.). This would be one time grant to the States. The respective States would meet operational and other recurring cost.
Provision of soil and water testing kits of each FFDA   Unit coast of such soil and water testing kit is rs 30,000 the kits are snctioned once to each FFDA as one time grant
Setting up of integrated units, including hatcheries for ornamental fishes Unit cost is Rs 15 lakh, which includes hatchery of 5-10 million (fry) capacity.
Subsidy @ 10% with a maximum ceiling of Rs 1.50 lakh to all categories of fish farmers.
Transportation of fish / prawn seed This will be applicable only for the hill states/ districts and north – eastern region subsidy @Rs 20 for 1000 fry transported to all FFDAs not applicable to individual fish farmer
Purchase of Vehicles  50% cost of vehicle for each new FFDA and 50% cost for the replaced vehicle (second vehicle).


Development of Brackish water Aquaculture

The component aims at making use of the country’s wide area of brackish water and improves the shrimp culture under the execution of FFDA. It is implemented by Brackish Water Fish Farmers Development Agencies (BFDAs) formed in all the coastal areas and the UTs. The pattern of assistance provided under the component is as follows:

  • For effective revamping or erection of brackish water fish farms, assistance of Rs.40,000 per hectare is provided as subsidy for the beneficiaries having land of 2 hectares.
  • Training assistance is provided under the Fisheries Training and Extension Scheme for the shrimp farmers by the State Governments through the surveillance centres of Aquatic Animal Health.
  • A 100% or compete expenditure is provided by the centre for building the network of expertise diagnostic centres with laboratories for Aquatic Animal Health.
  • A single payment of Rs.5 Lakh is provided as a grant by Government for establishing the demonstration centres with enriched training etiquettes.
  • The centre extends a 100% or entire expenditure for the Aquatic Quarantine and Inspection Units (AQIU) and its allied units for implanting the inspection and testing methods in-line with the NBFGR (ICAR Institute).

Coldwater Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • The State Government delivers a grant of Rs.5 Lakh for the preparation of a resource survey report and feasibility report.
  • The State Government grants payment of Rs.5 Lakh for the short-term investigations, breeding or rearing, etc.
  • The state government disburses the entire proposal amount for the construction, renovation, extension or remodelling of fish farms.
  • A subsidy of Rs.7,000 per unit for a unit cost of Rs.35,000 is allotted for the beneficiaries as the farming units for cold water species at an annual input.
  • Subsidy benefits of Rs.8,500 per unit is released for the units under the running water fish culture.
  • State Government releases a grant of Rs.10 Lakh per unit for the Feed units
  • The state provides a stipend of Rs.100 per day of training for a period of 10 days with Rs.100 towards travel expenses and field visits per trainee.

The state and the centre equally share the cost incurred for the purchase of the vehicle under the scheme.

  1. Creative Application of Inland Saline/Alkaline Waters for aquaculture
    • A subsidy of Rs.50,000 per hectare is issued as the cost for construction.
    • The subsidy of Rs.20,000 is issued as the input cost for land with the unit cost of Rs.1 Lakh per hectare.

The state provides a stipend of Rs.100 per day of training for a period of 10 days with Rs.100 towards travel expenses and field visits per trainee.

  1. Inland Capture Fisheries (Reservoirs/Rivers etc.)
  • As assistance for the Fish Seed Rearing Units, a subsidy of Rs.40,000 is issued to the  beneficiary/State Government/ FISHCOPFED.
  • To incur the input cost for the seed, feed, manures, fertilisers, preventive measures, etc., a subsidy of Rs.6,000 is released to the beneficiary/State Government/FISHCOPFED.
  • The state provides a Stipend of Rs.100 per day of training for a period of 10 days with Rs.100 towards travel expenses and field visits per trainee.
  • A subsidy of Rs.3,000 is provided to the farmers to purchase the nets, boats, crafts and gears.
  • Further, the assistance of Rs.1 lakh is allotted by the State Government for the construction of landing centers.
  • State provides financial assistance of Rs.2 lakhs per year for the Riverine Fisheries Conservation and Awareness Programmed.

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