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(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Technological Interventions in New National Policy For Marine Fisheries: Leading Towards Blue Revolution [APRIL-2018]


(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Technological Interventions in New National Policy For Marine Fisheries: Leading Towards Blue Revolution [APRIL-2018]


Technological Interventions in New National Policy For Marine Fisheries: Leading Towards Blue Revolution

On 28th April 2017, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare has come out with a new national policy on fisheries paving the way to achieve “Blue Revolution” through implementation of an ambitious scheme for integrated development and management of fisheries.

The new policy will cover development and management of inland fisheries, aquaculture, marine fisheries including deep sea fishing and all activities undertaken by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) towards realizing a ‘Blue Revolution’ in the country with an outlay of Rs. 3,000 crores for a period of five years. Focusing on fisheries, particularly the inland ones, will also help in realizing the goal of doubling the income of farmers in next five-six years by tapping various water bodies including newly dug out ponds across the country.

Technology interventions in aquaculture and mariculture have lead to fisheries development. The sector have shown a considerable diversification in recent years with adoption of other species like catfishes, fresh water prawns, ornamental fishes and cold water fishes apart from Indian major carps in aquaculture; culture of Pacific white shrimp apart from black tiger prawn under brackish water system and cage culture of sea bass and cobia owing to their higher market demand and economic advantages. Integrated fish farming with livestock and horticulture has made the farming practice highly remunerative and farmers’ friendly. Through selective breeding, genetically improved Rohu (Jayanti) with 18% higher growth response per generation has been achieved. Almost five-folds growth in mean national pond productivity in last four decades, .i.e from about 600 kg in 19705 to 2900 kg/ha today is a testimony of the sector's vibrancy. With the cap of second largest aquaculture producer in the world, aquaculture today is also considered as a sunrise sector for meeting the increasing fish demand in coming years.

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