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Intensive Aquaculture in Ponds and Tanks

This section covers the information about Guidelines for Intensive Aquaculture in Ponds and Tanks scheme

Components of Assistance

The NFDB will assist the following five components to support intensive aquaculture in ponds and tanks

  • Intensive aquaculture in existing ponds and tanks
  • Intensive aquaculture in new ponds and tanks
  • First-year one time inputs for intensive aquaculture in ponds and tanks.
  • Establishment of hatcheries for production of fish seed.
  • Establishment of fish seed rearing units for production of fish fingerlings.
  • Training and demonstration.

Eligibility criteria

Intensive aquaculture in existing ponds and tanks

  • Past performance of the farmer in undertaking freshwater aquaculture.
  • Willingness/ entrepreneurship of the farmer to take up fish culture on scientific lines.
  • Assurance / Willingness of the farmer to invest working capital money from 2nd year onwards obtained from the sale of the first crop duly utilizing the NFDB assistance towards the first year input costs.
  • Bank’s consent to provide the loan/ commitment of the farmer to invest 80% of the unit cost on his own.

Intensive aquaculture in new ponds and tanks

  • Past performance of the farmer in freshwater aquaculture including record of his/ her training in the said activity.
  • Willingness/ entrepreneurship of the farmer to take up fish culture on scientific lines.
  • Clear title of the land.
  • If pond/ tank taken on lease, a minimum lease period of 10 years would be preferred.
  • Assurance / Willingness of the farmer to invest working capital money from 2nd year onwards obtained from the sale of the first crop duly utilizing the NFDB assistance towards the first year input costs.
  • Bank’s consent to provide the loan / commitment of the farmer to invest 80% of the unit cost on his own.

First-year inputs

  • The support towards first year inputs will be available for one time to farmers, those who have availed assistance for construction/renovation ponds/tanks

Establishment of hatcheries for production of fish seed

The following criteria will be used for selection of entrepreneurs/farmers for setting up of fish hatcheries:

  • Existing aquaculture areas, which are presently deficit in seed production but otherwise promising.
  • New areas of aquaculture where seed might be a constraint.
  • The prospective entrepreneurs/ farmers should preferably have received training in hatchery operations.
  • Willingness/ entrepreneurship to take up fish seed production on scientific lines.
  • Clear title of the land where the hatchery would be set up.
  • If land taken on lease, a minimum lease period of 10 years would be preferred.
  • Commitment of the farmer to contribute towards working capital money.
  • Bank’s consent to provide the loan /commitment of the entrepreneur to invest 80% of the unit cost on his own.

Establishment of Fish seed rearing units for production of fish fingerlings

The following criteria will be used to select farmers/entrepreneurs for subsidy to take up creation of infrastructure facilities for rearing spawn/fry to fingerlings in earthen ponds:

  • Past performance of the farmer in freshwater hatchery /aquaculture including record of his/ her training in the said activity.
  • Willingness/ entrepreneurship of the farmer to take up fish seed rearing to fingerlings on scientific lines.
  • Adequate water facility throughout the year.
  • Clear title of the land.
  • If pond/ tank taken on lease, a minimum lease period of 10 years would be preferred.
  • Willingness of the farmer to contribute towards working capital.
  • Bank’s consent to provide the loan/commitment of the entrepreneur to invest 80% of the unit cost on his own.

Pattern of Assistance

Intensive Aquaculture in Ponds and Tanks
S.No Name of the Activity/Scheme
Unit Cost Pattern of Assistance
A Construction of new fish/prawn ponds and tanks
Existing Species Rs. 3.00 lakh/ ha for
plain areas
20% subsidy for farmers/ entrepreneurs
with a ceiling of Rs. 0.60 lakh/ha and
25% subsidy to SC & STs with a ceiling
of Rs. 0.75 lakh/ha.
Rs. 4.00 lakh/ ha in
hill States/ Districts
and NE region
20% subsidy for farmers/ entrepreneurs
with a ceiling of 0.80 lakh/ha and 25%
subsidy to SC & STs with a ceiling of
Rs. 1.00 lakh/ha.
B Renovation of existing fish/prawn ponds and tanks
Existing Species Rs.0.75 lakh/ha 20% subsidy for farmers/ entrepreneurs
with a ceiling of 0.15 lakh/ha and 25%
subsidy to SC & STs with a ceiling of
Rs. 0.1875 lakh/ha.
C Cost of inputs
(i) For prawn farming Rs.1.80 lakh/ha 20% subsidy with a ceiling of Rs. 0.36
lakh/ha for farmers/ entrepreneurs
(ii) For fish/prawn farming in paddy fields Rs.0.50 lakh/ha 20% subsidy for farmers/ entrepreneurs
D Establishment of freshwater prawn seed hatchery
(i) Capacity: 25 million
PL/unit/year
Rs. 30.00 lakh/ unit 40% of the unit cost as one time grant to
the States for establishing hatchery at
State level
(ii) Capacity: 5-8 million
PL/unit/ year
Rs. 12.00 lakh/ unit 20% subsidy with a ceiling of Rs. 2.40
lakh to entrepreneurs / farmers.
E Establishment of fish seed hatchery
(i) Establishment of fish
seed hatchery with or
without nurseries: 7-8
million (fry) capacity/ year
Rs. 12.00 lakh/ unit
for plains areas
20% back ended bank linked subsidy to
entrepreneurs / farmers with a ceiling of
Rs. 2.4 lakh/unit.
40% of the unit cost as one time grant to the State Fisheries Department, Quasi Government Organizations and Research Institutes.

Rs. 16.00 lakh/ unit in hill States/ Districts and NE
region
20% back ended bank linked subsidy to
entrepreneurs /farmers with a ceiling of
Rs. 3.2 lakh/unit.
40% of the unit cost as one time grant to
the State Fisheries Department, Quasi
Government Organizations and Research
Institutes
(ii)New Species(cultivable
species other than major
carps)
Unit cost has to be
approved by CIFA
40% back-ended subsidy on capital
investment to entrepreneurs/ farmers
F Renovation of fish seed farms/ hatchery
(i) Renovation of Govt. Fish
Seed Rearing Farms (about
5 years old and above)
Rs 2.00 lakh/ha
rearing area
40% one-time grant for State Fisheries
Departments only.
(ii) Renovation/ emodeling/up
gradation/reconstruction of Hatchery/Nurseries in Govt. FishFarms (about 5 years old andabove) for existing and newspecies
Rs 4.00 lakh/
hatchery of 7-8
million fry
production/ year
40% one-time grant for State Fisheries
Departments only
G Construction of Fish Seed
Rearing Units for rearing fry
to fingerlings of 80 –100
mm size
Rs. 3.00 lakh/ha for
plains areas
Rs. 4.00 lakh/ ha in
hill States/ Districts
of NE region
40% one-time grant to Government/
Quasi Govt. Organizations
20% subsidy for farmers/ entrepreneurs
25% subsidy to SC & ST
H Brood Stock Development
Programme including
Ornamental Fish
Rs 25.00 lakh for farm, includingtransport
arrangements for
distribution
40% grant to Government
Agencies/Government Institutions only

Source: National Fisheries Development Board

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