Farming of edible oyster is being undertaken by small scale farmers in shallow estuaries, bays and backwaters in a big way. Spat collection of oysters is done either from the wild or produced in hatcheries, on suitable cultch materials. Harvesting is done manually with a production rate of 8-10 Tonnes/ha. Oyster shells are also in demand by local 123 cement and lime industry, to fulfill the demand West Bengal Govt. under NFDB is providing subsidy for oyster farming.
- Farmers/ fishers/women SHGs are eligible for grants for oyster farming.
- Proximity of fishers/ farmers homestead to an estuarine water body with marine conditions during summer months
- Willingness of the entrepreneur to take up oyster farming
- Necessary clearances for undertaking oyster farming in coastal waters
The assistance would be 25% back ended subsidy on capital and recurring cost and 30% subsidy in case of SC/STs farmers.
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