Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying
azadi ka amrit mahotsav



Posted On: 21 NOV 2022 6:05PM by PIB Ahmedabad

Daman, 21-11-2022

Launch of Gujarati version of Sagar Parikrama Song was the highlight of the celebrations to mark the World Fisheries Day today at a colourful ceremony in Daman. Organised by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India along with National Fisheries Development Board, it was a demonstration of solidarity with all fisher folk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the world. Shri Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India released 5 books brought out by CIFNET, NFDB and Department of Fisheries such as Handbook on Fisheries Statistic-2022, Super Success Stories (English and Hindi), Communication and Navigational Equipment on board fishing vessel, Defect rectification and maintenance of boat engine, Capacity building on monofilament long line fishing and handling  of tuna onboards and posters on seaweed, Wealth from waste and value addition in English, Hindi and Gujarati.

28 achievers were felicitated with awards under nine categories such as best performing State, district, quasi-government, co-operative society/FFPO, farmer, hatchery owner, enterprises, individual entrepreneurs, innovation and technology infusion, with cash awards ranging from Rs. 1 to 10 lakhs along with certificate and a citation. Nine awards were given to Government and Quasi-Government sector and 19 to private farmer/society/enterprises.

Shri Swain encouraged the farmer/fishers to take advantage of the governmental schemes and explore alternatives for cheap fish feeds to reduce feed cost, cage culture in riverine system and innovative technologies to enhance fish production. He urged the farmers to ensure safe mesh size and stop juvenile fishing. He stressed about the importance of maintaining fishing ban period and to implement schemes that offers provision for use of alternative fuels like LPG, electronic auction system. In his speech, he pointed out about the need for fish species diversification of aquaculture, development of artificial reefs, sea ranching etc to ensure fish stock sustainability. He urged the importance of development of cold chain, fish markets to promote consumption of quality frozen fish/shrimp.

Achievements under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) during the past two years were showcased during the event. Shri Saurabh Mishra, Secretary (Fisheries), UT Administration of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu talked about various activities taken up in the UT, particularly financial assistance provided to the fishers affected by natural calamities/accidents/ captured by Pakistan Marine Security Agency (PMSA) and purchase of boats/ transport vehicles under PMMSY. The Joint Secretary of Fisheries, Govt. of India, Shri Sagar Mehra, urged private organizations/groups to come forward to take up fish seed production to fill the large seed gap for aquaculture.

The Chief Executive of NFDB Dr C Suvarna highlighted the critical importance of healthy ocean ecosystems to ensure sustainable stocks of fisheries in India.  She briefed the various initiatives undertaken by NFDB for fisheries development while ensuring clean environment by conducting beach cleaning drives like Swatch Sagar Surakshit Sagar, Sagar Parikrama in the coastal waters, Swatch Bharat and various outreach activities under Azadhi ka Amrut Mohatsav.

During the event, technical sessions was held with experts talks from Scientist of ICAR- CIFE on new technology infusions their prospects and problems high intensive aquaculture system, open sea cage culture by ICAR- CMFRI and shrimp culture status and export & domestic market opportunities by MPEDA and a panel discussion on “Scope of investment in Fisheries sector in India” by Invest India. For technology transfer, various institutes/government organizations/ private sector erected 20 exhibition stalls.  About 800 participants took part in the event apart from online telecast view. Officers from the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of India, NFDB, State/UT Fisheries Department, Scientist, Co-operative societies, Farmers, Fishermen, entrepreneurs, stakeholders, academicians and researchers and awardees of various categories participated the event.


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