Portable fish kiosks mooted in residential colonies across Telangana

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Hyderabad: Seafood lovers may not need to drive through heavy traffic to purchase fish in the nearest market. Instead they can simply take a stroll to the portable fish kiosk proposed to be set up by the Fisheries Department in the residential colonies of Hyderabad and other urban growth centres in the State.

In a major initiative, the State government has formulated a comprehensive Integrated Fisheries Development Scheme (IFDS) with a budget outlay of Rs 1,000 crore including financial support of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). Officials have prepared proposals for setting up 200 markets including wholesale, retail and integrated and marketing kiosks under IFDS.

Of the total, over 50 kiosks would be launched in urban areas of the State especially Hyderabad where quality fish demand is more. It has been proposed to introduce portable marketing kiosks in all districts where a model kiosk would be deployed in each district on pilot basis to encourage fishermen to shift to kiosks to sell fish in hygienic condition instead of selling on roadside.

“The fish kiosks will be set up in the colonies by the members of the fishermen community with support from the department at designated colonies,” said an official of Fisheries Department. The officials said the idea was to supply quality fish at affordable rates closer to doorsteps of consumers. Thus, the fishermen would get a better price, while consumers could purchase fish at their doorstep. Unlike roadside vendors, consumers need not worry about quality of fish being sold from these kiosks.

Under IFDS, efforts are being made covering entire value chain comprising seed production, fish production and productivity, harvesting, marketing, infrastructure development, innovation and capacity building of the stakeholders.

So far, 41 fish markets have been constructed with funds from various schemes such as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Agriculture Marketing Committee funds, Backward Regions Grant fund, National Fisheries Development Board and State Plan. Besides, GHMC has taken up construction of four markets at Begum Bazar, Chilkalguda, Kukatpally and Nacharam at a total cost of Rs 9.65 crore.

Under IFDS, an integrated fish market was constructed at Siddipet with Rs 53 lakh. Further, the government accorded permission to release Rs 1.4 crore to Monda Fish Market coming up in the city.

The big plan

– Over 50 portable fish kiosks proposed in colonies in Hyderabad and other district headquarters

– Establishment of kiosks is part of a comprehensive Integrated Fisheries Development Scheme (IFDS) with a budget outlay of Rs 1,000 crore

– Proposals ready for setting up 200 fish markets including wholesale, retail and integrated and marketing kiosks under IFDS

– A model kiosk would be deployed in each district on pilot basis to encourage fishermen to shift to kiosks

– 41 fish markets already constructed

– GHMC taken up construction of four markets at Begum Bazar, Chilkalguda, Kukatpally and Nacharam at a total cost of Rs 9.65 crore

– An integrated fish market constructed at Siddipet with Rs 53 lakh

– Permission accorded to release Rs 1.4 crore to Monda Fish Market coming up in the city