This has been discussed in a high level meeting on fishery sector held under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati in secretariat conference hall today. Reviewing the progress, Chief Secretary has directed to develop fishery clusters in the State and enhance growth rate of total fish production to 20% in coming year.
Sri Pati said that 20% growth can be achieved through adoption of appropriate technology, technical assistance to fish farmers in tranches already under fish cultivation; and brining more areas under fish cultivation.
Secretary Fisheries & Animal Resource Development Sri Bishnupada Sethi outlining issues for discussion said that during 2014-15 additional area of 4000 hectors was brought under fish cultivation. The export in sea food has also been boosted up to Rs 2300 cr during 2014-15.
Available data shows that total fish production in the State has been enhanced from 370643 MT in 2009-10 to 467076 MT in 2014-15. During this time inland fish production has increased from 241311 MT to 333865 MT. Similarly, the marine fish production has also been increased from 129332 MT to 133211 MT. Sea food export has been enhanced from Rs421 cr in 2009-10 to Rs.2300 cr in 2014-15.
Chief Secretary has advised the department to instruct all District Fishery officers to follow up new fishery projects and fishing pond proposals and ensure their successful operation. The department has also been asked to promote 16 fishing clusters in Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsingpur, Kendrapara and Bhadrak districts. Chief Secretary Sri Pati directed that clusters be developed in those areas where power and connectivity can be ensured.
Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Sri R. Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Energy Sri S.C. Mohapatra along with Director Fishery Sri J.B. Das, District Fisheries Officers from various districts participated in discussions.