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Overall fish production in the country increases to 11.41 million tonne in 2016-17: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh

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 country.

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 Revolution"


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