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At 11.10%, Odisha fish production growth highest

Bhubaneswar, Oct 22:  Odisha has doubled the farmers’ real income during the last decade through high value commercial activities in fishery and animal resource development sectors as revealed from the survey conducted in 2013.

Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development (F&ARD) appraised this in the review meeting on enhancing sea food export held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat on Saturday.

Reviewing the progress on agenda of actions to achieve sea food export of worth Rs 20, 000 crore within five years, Padhi directed to build the fishery infrastructure in such a manner that it generates more employment opportunities.

F&ARD Secretary Bishnupada Sethi appraised the meeting about the urgent need for developing infrastructure to 19 priority aquaculture clusters.

Taking stock of the works done till today, the Chief Secretary directed the executing agencies to expedite the power supply work to these clusters and complete those in various phases from December 2016 to March, 2017.

The F&RAD Secretary appraised that State achieved the highest growth rate in the country in fish production during the year 2015-16. The growth rate was 11.10% in the year 2015-16. The total fish production during the year was 521278 MT against that of 469548 MT produced during 2014-15. Similarly, the export of fish and fishery product during the year went up to 35,630 MT with a total value of around Rs1,788 crore.

Available data show, because of various innovative interventions, financial and technical supports to fish farmers, the total  fish production in the State has grown consistently over last 4 years. In the year 2012-13, the total fish production was 410144 MT which grew to 413889 in the year 2013-14. In the year 2014-15 the total production got enhanced to 469548 MT followed by a total production of 521278 MT during the year 2015-16.

Presently near about 34 sea food exporters are operating in Odisha.  There are 22 manufacturers and 12 numbers of merchants. Odisha sea food finds its major market in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Middle East and south eastern Asian countries.

It is expected that with the completion of road and power connectivity to the aqua culture clusters the production cost in Odisha would be more competitive and would fetch more income to the fish farmers.

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