West Bengal Fishermen's Cooperative Federation ltd. (BENFISH)

Benfish was established under the west Bengal co-operative Acts & Rules in 1978 and has been functioning since with the objective of socio-economic upliftment of poor fishermen through co-operative societies by implementing poverty alleviation programmes as well as schemes for increase of fish production. Benfish being apex body, gives total leadership for coordinated works in fisheries activities to 19 central Fishermen's Co-operative societies and 203 primary FCS under three tier system . Normally Benfish board consists of 19 directors but at present there is no board in benfish . Managing Director, Benfish is functioning as special officer.
Achievements
1. Development of Khoti for dried fish production, under NCDC at Purba Medinipore and South 24 Pargs.
2. Beel and Baor fisheries project for PFCS under NCDC/RIDF in North and South 24 Pargs, Hooghly, Burdwan , Howrah, Purba Medinipore etc.
3. Fisheries project of Bandh and Reservoir at Bankura and Purulia.
4. Mud crab culture at Dhama Khali, Hingalganj , Hansnabad and sandesh khali etc, under NCDC.
5. Ornamental fish culture project at Howrah, South 24 Pargs, Uttar Dinajpur, Malda etc., under NCDC.
6. Fish processing centre and marketing at Salt Lake City, Kolkata.
7. Construction of International Sea food processing centre at Chalkgaria, Kolkata.
8. Financial assistance for 6/2 cylinder mechanized boats to MFCS of Purba Medinipore and South 24 Pargs.under NCDC.
9. Construction of Cold storage and Ice Plant at Siliguri, Kakdwip, Chalkgaria, Namkhana, Freaserganj, Diamond Harbour, Digha Mohana under NCDC/NFDC/ State Budget.
10. Operation and maintenance of Sultanpur, Kakdwip and Freaserganj Fishing Harbour including Fuel pumps.
11. Construction of Fish / Multipurpose market complex at Bagula, Malda, Raiganj, Baharampur, Nalban( Ornamental ) , Gangarampur, Haldibar, Lalgola, Usidpur etc. Under NCDC/NFDB.
12. Construction, operation and maintenance of 15 nos tourist lodges.
13. Facilitated death cum accidental policy for fishermen 's and savings cum relief for marine fishermen.
Core Activities
1. Providing financial assistance to CFCS and PFCS for projects under Marine fishermen , Dry fish production / Beel & Baor Fisheries / Ornamental fish culture / Crab Culture.
2. Financial assistance for construction of Ice Plant , cold Storage etc.
3. Development of beel & baor for pisciculture.
4. Operation and maintenance of fishing harbor and dry docks.
5. Facilitating death cum accidental policy for fishermens and savings cum relief for marine fishermen's.
Allied Activities
1. Construction of Fish Market Complex
2. Operation and maintenance of tourist lodge.
3. Operation and maintenance of fish processing center.
4. Operation and maintenance of fuel pump.

PROJECT NAME & LOCATION PROJECT COST(in Rs) FUNDING AUTHORITY
Construction of 200 MT Cold Storage at Diamond Harbour, South 24 prgs. 21646300.00 RKVY
Construction of Dry dock at Kakdwip fishing Harbour, South 24 prgs. 277614668.00 RKVY
Construction of 100 MT Ice Plant at Freaserganj Fishing Harbour, South 24 prgs. 50490292.00 RKVY
Construction of 100 MT Ice Plant at Kakdwip Fishing Harbour, South 24 prgs. RKVY
Construction of 200 MT Multipurpose Cold Storage at Contai at Purba medinipore. 22298052.00/td> RIDF
Construction of 200 MT Multipurpose Cold Storage at Kalyani at Nadia. 21598216.00 RIDF
Construction of 150 MT Multipurpose Cold Storage at Bolpur at Birbhum. 19406885.00 State Budget
Construction of 200 MT Multipurpose Cold Storage at Gangarampur, Dakshin Dinajpur. 21064444.00 RIDF
Ornamental Fish market at Udayrampur, South 24 prgs 22928260.00 NFDB
Fish Market at BOlpur, Birbhum. 21017418.00 NFDB
Construction of wholesale fish market at Kalyani Municipality, Nadia. 24388144.00 NFDB
Construction of wholesale fish market at Fuleshwar, Howrah. 24397689.00 NFDB

Future Planning
  • Cannal fisheries development project for fish production.
  • Opertaion and maintenance of model PFCS providing financial assistance from NCDC,NFDB
  • Setting up fish court by developing a marketing chain of fish production by PFCS/CFCS.
  • Construction of warehouse for dry fish at Purba Medinipore and South 24 Pargs.
  • Construction of dry dock at Freaserganj, south 24 Pargs.
  • construction of Ornamental Fish Market at Dasnagar, Howrah.
  • Construction of Ice plant Fish Landing Centre & Net Mending Centre & Dry Dock insunderban area.
  • Backyard Ornamnetal Fish Hatchery unit for livelihood development of Tea Garden Women Workers.
  • Cat Fish Rearing Unit for Fisherwoman in Jangal Mohal.
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