Gov­ern­ment to launch 8 Pilot Projects on Or­na­men­tal Fish­eries

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Rec­og­niz­ing the po­ten­tial and scope of or­na­men­tal fish­eries, the De­part­ment of An­i­mal Hus­bandry, Dairy­ing and Fish­eries, the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Farm­ers Wel­fare, has en­vis­aged a pro­gram to un­lock the coun­try’s or­na­men­tal fish­eries sec­tor through a spe­cial drive by launch­ing a pilot scheme for the de­vel­op­ment of or­na­men­tal fish­eries with a to­tal out­lay of Rs. 61.89 crore.

A se­nior of­fi­cial of the Na­tional Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Board (NFDB) said that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pilot-scale Or­na­men­tal Fish­eries Project fo­cuses mainly on cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for a sus­tain­able and holis­tic de­vel­op­ment of Or­na­men­tal Fish­eries for the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple in­volved in this ac­tiv­ity as well as for ex­ports.

The thrust ar­eas have been iden­ti­fied for en­hanc­ing or­na­men­tal fish­eries pro­duc­tion through clus­ter-based farm­ing and con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources, through habi­tat restora­tion and cre­at­ing aware­ness amongst the stake­hold­ers.

The ma­jor ob­jec­tives of the pilot project are: (i) to pro­mote or­na­men­tal fish cul­ture with clus­ter-based ap­proach, (ii) to aug­ment or­na­men­tal fish­eries trade and ex­port earn­ings, (iii) to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the ru­ral & peri­ur­ban pop­u­la­tion and (iv) use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion to make or­na­men­tal fish­eries a thriv­ing ac­tiv­ity.

For the pur­pose of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pilot project, a to­tal of 8 po­ten­tial States have been iden­ti­fied, viz., As­sam, West Ben­gal , Odisha, Ma­ha­rash­tra , Gu­jarat, Kar­nataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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