Sea Food Export On Rise

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Animal Resource Development to ensure use of modern facilities at landing harbours. 

Chairing a review meeting of the DoFARD at the Secretariat here today, the Chief Secretary said seafood export from the State increased by 17 pc during the year 2016-17.
He added that keeping in tune with export, the total fish production of the State also increased by 18 pc. 
Mr.Padhi directed the department to functionalize all facilities including auctioning and trading activities in the already developed harbors like Dhamara.

Dhamara has already been developed as a modern landing harbor with various facilities in the entire east coast. 
The DoFARD was also advised to develop fishery support activities and hatcheries in the harbor region so that more and more farmers get prompted to take up aquaculture. 
Further, the Chief Secretary directed to fix Distress Alert Transmitters ( DATs)  in all motorized boats and put in place appropriate monitoring system of DAT signals in convergence with coast guard. 

Secretary, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development department Vishal Gagan appraised that 22,289 fishing boats of different types including non-motorized, motorized and mechanized were registered online up to last year.

“During the current year till September 30, 1,620 new boats were registered. As of now around 93 pc of the fishing boats have been colour coded. It was decided in the meeting to fix DAT machines in all the motorized boats .

The owners of the mechanized boats were requested to fix DAT machines in their boats within a month”, he informed. 

Secretary Mr.Gagan further said that the total sea food export during 2015-16 was 35,630 MT which increased to 41,828 MT during 2016-17 thereby recording an increase of 17 pc in terms of quantity.

“In terms of value the export increased by 23 pc with a total turnover of around Rs 2,205 crore. Similarly, the total fish production in the State  during 2016-17 also increased by 18 pc over the last year crossing the mark of 6.14 lakh MT”, he said, adding out of this, inland fish production was around 393730 MT, brackish water production was 67359 MT and marine fish production was around 153102 MT. The area under aquaculture also increased to 10130 hect showing an increase of around 4 pc over the last year. 

The progress of the establishment of diary plant at Arilo under Baranga Tahasil was also reviewed in the meeting. As of now, 51 acres of land in the mauza has already been allotted in favour of OMFED and possession has also been given.

The project would be implanted with NABARD support. The project was put to open tender with a composite bid including civil, mechanization and automation works. Since no bidder has come forward, it was decided to explore alternative possibilities for quick implementation of the project, said the Secretary. 

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