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Several new schemes for fisheries sector

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National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) is implementing various production oriented schemes for enhancement of fish production and productivity.

To increase fish production and productivity in reservoirs, a massive fish seed stocking programme was taken up in 21.15 lakh hectares of water spread area in 21 States.

Considering the need for promotion of hygienic markets, the board is focusing on developing hygienic markets across the country.

For promotion of fish marketing and consumption, modernisation and construction of 252 fish markets were taken up.

Addressing weak links

NFDB is addressing the serious weak links in the supply chain by providing fishermen with 1214 mobile fish vending vehicles with ice-boxes so that they can earn more by reaching markets faster and the fish are also delivered in better condition.

To meet the quality standards stipulated by the European Union and other importing countries, assistance was extended for modernisation of 21 fishing harbours and 31 fish landing centres.

Considering the scope for development of ornamental fisheries in India by involving rural beneficiaries, especially women self-help groups, NFDB has launched initiatives by implementing different schemes.

Several families and women self-help groups are earning a livelihood through ornamental fish culture. NFDB has launched schemes for setting up of ornamental units such as backyard hatcheries, medium scale ornamental fish breeding units, integrated ornamental fish breeding units and aquarium fabrication units with 50 per cent subsidy.

Four models

The board has established four model fish dressing centres, 30 solar fish drying units and platforms and has provided solar operated deep freezers to fisherwomen to ensure hygienic and better quality fish is made available to consumers.

Training to fishermen on hygienic handling of fish, solar fish drying and value addition is being imparted.

These pro-active measures aim bring a significant improvement in handling, preservation and marketing of fish in addition to increase in production.

Dr.M.V.Rao, IAS, is Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad- 500 052, phone :040 2401553, Mobile:97034 40004, email: mvraoforindia@gmail.com, website: nfdb.gov.in

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