Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that India has emerged as
the second largest fish producer in the world. Overall fish production has touched
a record figure of 11.41 million tonne in 2016-17. Besides, this sector
provides employment and livelihood support to more than 15 million people of in
The Minister made the announcement at the Aqua Goa Mega Fish Festival,
2017, organized at SAG Campal Ground, Panaji, Goa. Mr Vinod Palyekar, Minister
for Fisheries, Government of Goa, was also present during this occasion.
The Agriculture Minister said that fisheries is a fast growing sector in
India, which provides nutrition and food security to a large population of the
country as well as providing income and employment to fishermen and fish
farmers. Fisheries development in India is not only meeting the protein
requirements of the country, but it is also making significant contribution of
about 6.2 percent in the fish production of the world.
Mr Singh further said that the overall fish production has achieved about
19 percent growth rate in the last three years. Growth rate in marine fisheries
was about 6.65 percent, whereas the growth rate of 26.07 percent has been
achieved in inland fisheries in country. The Minister was said the sector has
earned the country 5.78 billion US dollars foreign exchange (i.e., Rs.37,871
crore) in 2016-17 through, exports of fish and fishery products.
The Agriculture Minister also informed that India is first in prawn
production and it is the largest exporter of prawns in the world too. The
average annual growth rate of fish and fish products in the world was 7.5 per
cent during the last decade, whereas India has attained first position with
14.8 per cent average annual growth in the export of fish and fishery products.
Mr.Singh said that foreseeing the vast resource, potential and
possibilities in the fisheries sector, the government has called for a Blue
Revolution. Accordingly, the Government has merged all the schemes of fisheries
sector into an umbrella scheme of Blue Revolution: Integrated Development and
Management of Fisheries and approved with the outlay of Rs. 3000 crores.
The Blue Revolution is focusing to foster use of new and modern technology,
training and capacity building of fishers and fish farmers, adoption of
scientific advises & methods, species diversification and proper fish
health management etc. The main aim of Government is to double the income of
fishers and fish-farmers by 2022 through implementation of Blue