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Deep sea fishing will soon become reality for Goa’s traditional fishermen: Singh

PANAJI: Stating that the deep sea fishing will soon become a reality for the Goan traditional fishermen, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Radha Mohan Singh, on Saturday, informed that Goa government has agreed to make allocation in its next financial budget to provide financial assistance to the traditional fishermen to acquire deep sea fishing vessels equipped with modern technology.

A deep sea fishing vessel costs approximately Rs 80 lakh.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion of Aqua Goa Mega Fish Festival 2017, in Panaji, Singh said that this is a new component of the Blue Revolution Scheme wherein 50 per cent of the financial assistance will be provided by the Centre, and 30 per cent of the assistance will be provided by the state government.

“We have implemented deep sea fishing in Kerala and Puducherry, wherein the central government is providing 50 per cent financial assistance that is up to Rs 40 lakh to the traditional fishermen, their self help groups, societies, and organisations for acquiring deep sea fishing vessels, which costs approximately Rs 80 lakh a vessel. The state governments are asked to provide 30 per cent of the amount or even they can provide it through National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development,” he said.

“I am happy to inform you that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has given his consent for making provision in the state budget for the same,” he added.

He informed that for the development of inland and marine fisheries, the Centre had provided Rs 10 crore to the state last year, and this year, Rs 7 crore has been sanctioned for the state.

“But despite assistance, inland fisheries and aquaculture are not growing as per our expectations hence I took up this matter with the Parrikar and he has assured to make necessary changes in land revenue code so that legal and technical obstacles can be addressed and inland fisheries and aquaculture get a boost in Goa,” he said.

He said that 934 sea safety kits have been distributed to the fishermen in Goa.

He informed that recently 200 canoes of Goan fishermen have been mechanised using central government funds.

“The main aim is to double the income of fishermen and fish-farmers by 2022 through the implementation of Blue Revolution scheme. It is observed that the overall fish production in the country has achieved about 19 percent growth rate in the last three years,” he said.

The growth rate in marine fisheries was about 6.65 per cent, whereas the growth rate of 26.07 per cent has been achieved in inland fisheries in India.

He informed that India ranks first in prawn production and is the largest exporter of prawns in the world too. The average annual growth rate of fish and fish products in the world was 7.5 per cent during the last decade, whereas India has attained the first position with 14.8 per cent average annual growth in the export of fish and fishery products.

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