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India Targets 22 MMT Fish Production

Bhubaneswar: India aims to achieve a target of producing 22 Million Metric Ton of fish by 2024-25.

Foreseeing the potential of the sector, Prime Minister in May, 2020 had launched the “Pradhan Mantri MatsyaSampada Yojana (PMMSY) with a budget of over Rs.20,050 crores for a period of five years.

PMMSY aims to achieve fish production of 22 MMT from the current 15.0 MMT by 2024-25 and to create an additional employment opportunity to about 55 lakh people through this sector.

Accordingly Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India and National Fisheries Development, is celebrating the ‘World Fisheries Day’ on 21 November 2021 at Rail Auditorium, Mancheswar, Bhubaneswar Odisha to chalk out Action Plan for achieving the target, officials say.

Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying,  L. Murugan, Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Fisheries, C. Suvarana, Chief Executive, NFDB, Sagar Mehra Joint Secretary (Fisheries) R. Raghu Prasad, Secretary, FARD Odisha will grace the occasion.

Department of Fisheries, Odisha and Various States Officers of Department of Fisheries and other relevant Departments/Ministries, Fish-Farmers, Fishermen, fish farmers, entrepreneurs, stakeholders, professionals, officials and Scientists from across the nation will also be participating in the event.

During the event, for the second time in Fisheries Sector the Government of India will award best performing States for 2020-21, Inland, Marine, Hilly& North-eastern region, best district for Inland, Marine, Hilly& North-eastern region, Best Quasi Government Organization/ Federation/ Corporation/ Board in Inland, Marine, Hilly & North-eastern region. Besides, there will be award felicitations to best Fish Farmer (Inland, Marine and Hilly & NE Region),best Hatchery (Fish, shrimp and Trout Hatchery),best Fisheries Enterprises, Best Fisheries Co-operative societies/FPOs/SHGs, best Individual Entrepreneurs, best Innovation idea/Technology Infusion.

During the event, technical sessions will also be held which Scientists from ICAR-CIFA will participate in the afternoon session. Entire proceedings would be live-telecasted to have wider outreach.

Government of India is in the forefront in transforming the fisheries sector and bring about economic revolution through Blue Revolution in the country.

The sector envisioned to increase the farmers’ income through enhancement of production and productivity, improving the quality and reduction of waste.