Government urged to encourage fisheries sector

Yashpal Suvarna, president of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts Fish Marketing Federation and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, said on Monday that the State government should take steps to encourage fisheries sector.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Suvarna said that the fishing sector was facing a lot of problems. Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s reported statement that he would visit the coastal districts and hold a meeting with the elected representatives and officers on the problems facing the region, was a welcome one. Such a meeting should include environmentalists and experts too.

He said that fishermen faced the same problems which the farmers faced. Hence, they should be provided with interest-free loans. The quota of subsidised diesel provided to fishing boats should be increased.

Houses for poor fishermen under the Matsyashraya Scheme had not been provided properly in the last couple of years. Hence, this scheme should be given a fillip. Sea erosion was a regular occurrence during monsoon. Hence, construction of sea walls was a necessity here.

Arecanut, paddy, rubber and coconut growers were facing many problems. The agricultural sector, which was on a decline, should be encouraged. A few environment-friendly industries should be set up in the region to stop the migration of youth from here to big cities.

The ailing Brahmavar Cooperative Sugar Factory near Udupi should be rejuvenated. Basic facilities should be provided to the four newly-formed taluks in Udupi district. The second phase work of the Varahi Irrigation Project should be expedited. Priority should be given to developing tourism in the region to attract more tourists.

If Mr. Kumaraswamy did not visit Udupi within a fortnight, then an agitation would be launched to draw the attention of the State government to the problems of the coastal districts, Mr. Suvarna said.

Ajit Shetty Kirady and Manjunath Salian were present.

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