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Fisheries to be developed by cluster system: CM
 GUWAHATI, March 30 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said that the fisheries of the State would be developed through cluster system. The Chief Minister was inaugurating the Pujali Fish Project at the Pujali Beel in the Hajo area.

 According to an official press release, the Chief Minister released the fingerlings of the rohu, bhakua, etc., fish species to the Pujali Beel and planted saplings of coconut on the bank of the water body to mark the beginning of pisciculture and horticulture activities in and around the beel.

It needs mention here that the Pujali Beel, which is a part of a cluster of 19 beels, measuring an area of 620 hectares, was filled up by the flood waters of 2004.

A scheme was undertaken by the Assam Fisheries Development Corporation in 2010 to revive these natural Beels with the financial assistance of the NABARD with an initial investment of Rs 2.34 crore.

The Chief Minister said that the State Government has been laying emphasis on development of fisheries, dairy, horticulture, floriculture, etc, sectors to improve rural economy. For the purpose, the Government is also underscoring the need to improve, the skills of the people connected with these sectors, he said.

The Chief Minister said that the Fisheries Minister has been asked to undertake a series of special schemes for the development of Hajo area and he himself would pay special attention to the development of this area.

The Chief Minister also distributed financial assistance to the beneficiary groups of the waste water bodies development scheme and Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana at the function, said the press release.

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