Mussel Farming is the farming of saltwater and fresh water species groups which have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval. It is during the marine phase i.e. December to May that the ecosystem becomes conducive for mussel culture. The West Bengal Govt. under NFDB envisages promotion of mussel farming in the maritime states of India through development fund assistance.
- Farmers/ fishers/Women SHGs are eligible for grants for estuarine/open- sea mussel farming provided that
- Proximity of fishers/ farmers homestead to an estuarine water body with marine conditions during summer months
- Proximity of fishers/ farmers homestead to calm seas
- Proximity to sea where seed mussels will be available during post-monsoon months
- Necessary clearances for undertaking mussel farming in coastal waters
- Past experience of the farmer in undertaking mussel farming
- Willingness of the farmer to take up mussel farming on scientific lines
- All proposals must be routed through concerned State Department of Fisheries.
- Should have preferably received training in mussel farming or willing to undergo training.
- Willing to meet 50% cost of the project from own resources in case bank loan is not forth coming.
The assistance would be 50% subsidy on capital and recurring cost for constructing mussel farming unit which includes rack/raft holding mussel ropes with semi-automatic seeder, declumper and post-harvest and depuration facilities.
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