India Unveils New Package for Fisheries Sector, Records Highest Fish Production, and Celebrates Successful Sagar Parikrama Yatra
The Government of India has announced a new package worth ₹20,050 crore ($2.7 billion) to boost the fisheries sector. The package includes various initiatives and schemes aimed at enhancing infrastructure, increasing fish production, and supporting fishermen and fish farmers across the country. The funds will be used for activities such as the development of fishing harbors, cold chain infrastructure, and fish landing centers, as well as the promotion of aquaculture, mariculture, and ornamental fish farming.
India’s fish production has reached a new milestone, touching a record 162.48 lakh tons per annum in 2021-22, according to Shri Parshottam Rupala, the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying. He highlighted that India ranks as the 3rd largest fish producing country globally, contributing around 8% to the global fish production. Additionally, India holds the 2nd position in aquaculture production and is one of the leading nations in cultured shrimp production.
The Sagar Parikrama Yatra – Phase V, a three-day event, concluded in Goa. The initiative, envisioned as an evolutionary sea journey along the coastal belt, aims to show solidarity with fisherfolk, fish farmers, and other stakeholders. Shri Parshottam Rupala, along with several officials and dignitaries, participated in the program and launched various schemes related to the fisheries sector. The yatra covered multiple locations, including Mumbai, Ratnagiri, and Goa, providing opportunities for interaction with beneficiaries such as fish farmers and fishermen. The event served as a platform to discuss and address issues faced by the fishing community and promote schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and Kisan Credit Card (KCC).
During the event held in Goa, Shri Parshottam Rupala launched online services related to fisheries and presented certificates and sanctions under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada scheme and Kisan Credit Card to progressive fishermen, traditional fishermen, fishers, fish farmers, and young fishery entrepreneurs. Several beneficiaries were felicitated with boats, fishing nets, live fish vending centers, financial assistance for vehicles, and various cards facilitating their involvement in the fishing industry.