Shri Parshottam Rupala releases book on “Super Success Stories from Indian Fisheries”
National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) conducted its 9th Governing Body meeting at Lecture Hall, NASC Complex, New Delhi. Shri. Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying chaired the Governing Body meeting. Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and Vice Chairman of the governing body and Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, special invitee and other officials of the governing body, Member (Agriculture), Niti Ayog participated in the meeting.
Ministers from States who participated physically in the meeting were Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Mizoram, Tripura & Sikkim. It was virtually attended by Ministers from the States of Haryana and Puducherry. Shri Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India, Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog, and Secretaries of other Departments and 14 nominated Non-official governing body members from different states were also present at the meeting.
Shri Parshottam Rupala released a book on “Super Success Stories from Indian Fisheries” published by NFDB commemorating the 75th Independence Day- Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations an outreach activity with a focus to disseminate the technologies, innovative ideas practised by the small-scale farming sector and to expand the promotion of initiatives to a larger population, successful fisheries and aquaculture practices across the country.
It was followed by the launch of an online marketplace feature “Aqua Bazar” app developed by ICAR-CIFA with the funding support of NFDB under PMMSY. The app will help the fish farmers and stakeholders to source the inputs such as fish seed, feed, medicines etc. and services required for fish culture as well as farmers can list the table-size fish for sale. It is a marketplace that connects various stakeholders involved in the aquaculture sector.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan stated that there is immense potential for shrimp farming in the States of Rajasthan, UP, Haryana, and Punjab. He added that aquaculture is developed in these states, and they can compete with Andhra Pradesh in shrimp production. He said that extension services should be provided to farmers of these states. He added that the Animal Welfare Board facility can be utilized for the establishment of the training centre. He further said that NFDB in collaboration with ICAR should make a plan for the development of shrimp farming in the region.
Launches an online marketplace feature “Aqua Bazar” app under PMMSY
Dr L. Murugan, Vice Chairman stated that fisheries departments need to focus on infrastructure development projects, such as fishing harbours, fish landing centres, ice plants & cold storage. He further added that Government for the first time under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav has taken up promoting startups by the entrepreneurs to achieve the targeted fish production.
Shri Jatindra Nath Swain briefed about the role of NFDB in the fisheries sector, the technical arm of the Department of Fisheries and its contribution to the development of the fisheries sector in the country.
Dr Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog stated that the fisheries sector is showing a record regular growth of around 8% during the past decade. He stated that Board should show the output and outcomes as per the objectives set to the Board. He stated that Andhra Pradesh is contributing about 52% of the inland fish production. He said that One District one Product has to be promoted and frontline technologies have to be applied in the fisheries sector.
National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) was established in the year 2006 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare with its headquarters at Hyderabad to realize the untapped potential of the fisheries sector in inland and marine, fish culture, capture, processing & marketing of fish, and accelerate the overall growth of fisheries sector with the application of modern tools of research & development.
NFDB is headed by the Chief Executive. The Board is constituted with two levels of Committees, the Governing Body & Executive Committee for having guidance on the administrative matters, activities of the Board and any new amendments/rules that shall occur in the Board. The Governing Body meeting is held once a year and the Executive Committee meetings are held on a quarterly basis. To date, NFDB has organized 8Nos of Governing Body meetings under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Minister.
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