PM Modi launches mega national scheme for fisheries sector, poll-bound Bihar gets multiple facilities | India News

NEW DELHI: Seeking to double fisheries export earnings and create additional over five million direct and indirect jobs in the sector by 2024-25, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a flagship scheme for focused development of fisheries sector in 21 states/UTs with the highest even estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crores in next five years.
The scheme – ‘Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana’ (PMMSY) – aims to increase fish production by an additional 70 lakh tonne, enhance fisheries export earnings to Rs 1,00,000 crore, double incomes of fishers and reduce post-harvest losses from 20-25% to about 10% by 2024-25.
The PM, on the occasion marked by launch of several initiatives linked to fisheries, dairy and farm sectors in Bihar, said the motive behind all these schemes was to empower India’s villages and make the country self-reliant in the 21st century. Out of Rs 20,050 crores, projects worth Rs 1,700 crores were launched for 21 fish producing states and UTs on Thursday.
For Bihar, the scheme envisages an investment of Rs 1,390 crore with central share of Rs 535 crore in next five years.
Many facilities were digitally launched by Modi in Patna (two units of ‘Fish on Wheels’ for fisheries sector and IVF lab for cows), Purnia (semen station for dairy sector), Sitamarhi (fish brood bank), Madhepura (fish feed mill), Begusarai (sex-sorted semen facility for cows), Kishanganj (aquatic disease referral laboratory) and Samastipur (fish production technology centre) on Thursday in the poll-bound state.
Noting that this is the first time after independence that such a major scheme has been launched in the country for the fisheries sector, Modi said, “The goal is to double fish exports in the coming 3-4 years.”
Out of Rs 20,050 crores under the PMMSY, an investment of about Rs 12,340 crores is proposed for beneficiary-oriented activities in marine/inland fisheries and aquaculture, and about Rs 7,710 crores investment is meant for creating fisheries infrastructure.
The scheme is designed to address critical gaps in fish production and productivity, quality, technology, post-harvest infrastructure, modernization and strengthening of value chain, traceability, establishing a robust fisheries management framework and fishers’ welfare.
It’ll primarily focus on adopting ‘cluster or area based’ approaches and creation of fisheries clusters with emphasis on interventions for quality brood, seed and feed, special focus on species diversification, critical infrastructure and marketing networks.

[Source :Times of India]


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