Integrated development and management of fisheries gets approval

New Delhi, Dec. 22 (ANI): The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Tuesday gave its approval for implementation of an umbrella scheme for integrated development and management of fisheries at an outlay of Rs.3,000 crore for a period of five years.

The Central Sector Scheme covers development and management of inland fisheries, aquaculture, marine fisheries, including deep sea fishing, mariculture and all activities undertaken by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) towards realising “Blue Revolution”.

The scheme has six broad components, including National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and its activities; development of inland fisheries and aquaculture; development of marine fisheries, infrastructure and post harvest operations; strengthening of database and geographical information system of the fisheries sector; institutional arrangement for the fisheries sector; and monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and other need-based interventions.

The scheme provides for suitable linkages and convergence with the Sagarmala Project of the Ministry of Shipping, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNAREGA), RashtriyaKrishiVikasYojana (RKVY), National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) etc.

The Central Sector Scheme aims at a focussed and integrated approach for development and management of fisheries and aquaculture sector to ensure a sustained annual growth rate of 6% – 8% as against an overall annual growth rate of about 4% during the 11th Five Year Plan period.

The scheme with its multi-dimensional activities focuses mainly on increasing production and productivity from aquaculture and fisheries resources, both inland and marine. The scheme is intended to utilise most of the unutilised fisheries resources keeping in view the overall sustainability, bio-security and environmental concerns.

Besides providing a major impetus to the fishery sector, the scheme provides to encourage economically weaker sections such as Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), women and their co-operatives to take up fishing and fisheries related activities.

The scheme will also encourage increasing private investment, entrepreneurship development, more Public Private Partnership (PPP) and better leveraging of institutional finance. Besides, the scheme encompasses skill development and capacity building in fisheries and allied activities; and creation of post-harvest and cold chain infrastructure facilities. (ANI)

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