Union government program to create 200 fishery entrepreneurs in Karaikal – The New Indian Express
Express news service
KARAIKAL: The government of Pondicherry and the administration of Karaikal have planned to create 200 entrepreneurs in the fish food processing micro-industry under the central program âOne district, one productâ. The program aims to give a boost to indigenous products produced by MSMSE and Self-Help Groups (SHG). For Karaikal, he identified the âfishâ through which he aims to produce value-added products such as âready-to-cookâ dry fish, fish noodles, fish noodles and âready-to-eatâ snacks.
Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation Limited (PIPDIC), the nodal authority of the government of Pondicherry, coordinated with the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture and Research Institute (PAJANCOA & RI) and the Rural Development Department of Karaikal for the implementation of the program.
The beneficiaries would receive practical training by experts and a loan of up to Rs 10 lakh to start the business. The Union Ministry would also provide them with a 35% subsidy with a maximum of Rs 3.5 lakh via PIPDIC.
âIf they come up with a proposal on their business plan and express their needs, we will help them get loans,â said Dr A Sakthivel, district manager for the initiative.
PAJANCOA & RI provides technical and training support to aspiring entrepreneurs. “We provide the government with a ‘state level upgrade plan’
on the infrastructure available, the infrastructure required, the regulations in force, the regulations required, the challenges of the programs and the methodology for overcoming the challenges. We also provide technical training and help them get their products certified, âsaid Dr A Pouchepparadjou, head of the agricultural economics and extension department at PAJANCOA & RI in Karaikal.
T Mahesh Kumar, District Manager for the Rural Development Department, said: âThe main beneficiaries of the One District One Product initiative in rural areas of Karaikal are Self Help Groups (SHGs) registered with the Government. Block Development Office of Rural Development. Department under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission. We have received 30 requests so far and we have sanctioned 17. The rest are being processed. “