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Meghalaya plans fish farming for poor

 SHILLONG, June 30 (IANS): Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Thursday announced the launch of an Israeli-supported scheme to provide livelihood to rural poor in fish farming.

"The Aquaculture Mission will be holistic ... so that farmers can learn the art and science of fish farming," Sangma said, while inaugurating a workshop on "Development of Inland Fisheries in Meghalaya: Problems and Prospects".

The Mission envisages investment in the fishery sector and addresses the problems of poverty, unemployment and underemployment in the hill state.

"Experts from Israel have been invited to study and suggest measures to further improve fish farming by adopting modern techniques," Sangma said.

The Meghalaya Aquaculture Mission will be implemented from April 1, 2012, he said.

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