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India’s fish production up from 10.26 MMT in ’14-15 to 13.42 MMT in ’18-19
Thursday, 11 July, 2019, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The State/UT-wise details of the fish production in the country during the last three years (2016-17 to 2018-19) was furnished at Annexure-I and the current year fish production data has not been reported by the State.

The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying is implementing the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) on Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries with the following components:
(i) Development of inland fisheries and aquaculture,
(ii) Development of marine fisheries, infrastructure and post-harvest operations
(iii) National Scheme on Welfare of Fishermen
(iv) Strengthening of database and geographical information system of the fisheries sector
(v) Monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and other need-based interventions
(vi) Institutional arrangement for fisheries sector
(vii) National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and its activities

The CSS aims and focusses on increasing of fish production in the country and the fish production has increased from 10.26 million metric tonne (MMT) in 2014-15 to 13.42 MMT (provisional) in 2018-19.

The CSS on Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries inter-alia provides financial assistance to the state governments and Union Territories (UTs) for (i) construction of new fishing harbours and fish landing centres and (ii) up-grade/expansion/repair/renovation of the existing fishing harbours and fish landing centres to augment fish production.

Besides, it also provides financial assistance for strengthening of post-harvest infrastructure facilities such as ice plants, cold storages and ice plants-cum-cold storages.

Under the CSS, Central financial assistance is provided to the state governments/UTs for providing safety kits to fishermen, consisting of GPS, communication equipment, echo-sounder, lifejackets, lifebuoys, distress alert transmitter (DAT), life-saving appliances (VHF radiotelephones), fish finder, back-up battery, search and rescue beacon, etc.

These devices are provided to facilitate the marine fishermen for safe navigation, easy access to potential fishing areas and ensure safety of fishermen at sea.

The Department of Fisheries encourages digital transactions, release of financial benefits directly to the beneficiary accounts through the use of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) platform, use of IT- (information technology) based applications in development and management of fisheries.

The CSS provides financial assistance to the state governments/UTs to support the fishermen and fish farmers for aquaculture including pisciculture in the country. The broad activities assisted for promotion of pisciculture are; integrated development of reservoirs, installation of cages/pens in reservoirs, development of freshwater/brackish water aquaculture, development of waterlogged areas, the development of cold water fisheries, productive utilisation of inland saline/alkaline waters for aquaculture, rejuvenation of urban/semi-urban/rural lakes/tanks, stocking of fish fingerlings in beels/wetland and promotion of new technology such as re-circulatory aquaculture system (RAS), open sea cage culture including seaweed cultivation, bivalve culture and pearl culture.

This information was given by Pratap Chandra Sarangi, minister of state for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, in a written reply in Lok Sabha recently.
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