Government interventions improving inland fisheries and aquaculture in India

Government interventions improving inland fisheries and aquaculture in India
The Government of India has taken steps to intensify and diversify inland fisheries and aquaculture. As a result, inland fisheries and aquaculture contributed 74.59 per cent of the total fish production in 2021-22

The Department of Fisheries, Government of India under the ongoing Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has taken steps to intensify and diversify inland fisheries and aquaculture with a focus on diversification of species, introduction of new species and peg the critical gaps in the demand and supply of quality brood and the seed of cultivable species and species-specific feeds, Adequate number of brood banks, hatcheries, seed rearing units, specific pathogen-free or resistant seed, genetically improved brood stock, and feed mills. As a result, inland fisheries and aquaculture has contributed 74.59 per cent of the total fish production of India during 2021-22, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Parshottam Rupala, said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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Further, the Department of Fisheries under PMMSY is also supporting exposure visits, training and capacity-building programmes of fish farmers and other stakeholders in modern technologies developed in fisheries and aquaculture viz cage-culture in the reservoir, pen culture in wetlands, Biofloc technology, re-circulatory aquaculture system, scaling up of freshwater prawn (scampi) culture, promotion of inland saline aquaculture in potential areas to improve farm practices for enhanced production, the minister informed the lower house of the Indian parliament.

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