Upliftment Of Agriculture-Allied Sector Via Blue Revolution
Post on 31,December 2017   1:00 AM
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Government has envisaged a program named ‘Blue Revolution’ based on integrated approach to tap India’s potential in the fisheries sector. Blue Revolution technically refers to integrated development and management of fisheries. In a broader sense, blue revolution assumed encompasses infrastructure development and creation of livelihood for communities along coasts as fisheries alone cannot thrive ignoring the environment around it. Government has identified thrust areas to enhance fisheries production from 10.79 million metric tons (mmt) (2014-15) to 15 mmt in 2020-21.

What is the need of it? As the government has planned to double the farmer income by 2022, blue revolution closely relates to it as upliftment of agriculture allied sector. Components of envisaged program includes productivity enhancement that has been planned to be attained by production oriented activities such as:

 

  • Rich in quality fish seeds needs to be produced to cater to the fertility rate naturally.
  • The feed needs to be cost effective.
  • Adoption of advanced technology in various operations related to brooding and cultivating.
  • Efficient and wide use of High Yielding varieties of brooders

 

It will also cater to the cultivation of fish fingerlings (finger shaped fishes). About Rs. 520 crores will be used to establish hatcheries and Fingerling rearing ponds.

Pilot Project on Ornamental Fisheries: The major objectives of the pilot project is to promote ornamental fish culture with cluster-based approach. It is a fishery sub-sector dealing with breeding and rearing of colored fish of both freshwater and marine water. They are used for aesthetics like aquarium and augment ornamental fisheries trade and exports. At the same time it will cater to rural and semi-urban employment opportunities penetrating modern technology and innovation.

Prime Minister had recently announced plans to develop a smart city around Kandla port in Gujarat, one of the 12 major ports of India. In accordance to it government is also planning to help fishermen cooperatives to buy fishing boats at 50% subsidized rates. It has also launched Sagarmala project in 2015 to develop coastal Indian communities.

What is Sagarmala Project? Its main objective is to promote port-led direct and indirect development and to provide infrastructure to transport goods to and from ports quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Four components of Sagarmala project are: Port Modernization, Port Connectivity, Port led industrialization and Coastal Community development

Concluding Remark: Efficient rearing and myriad production of healthy fisheries can help improve agricultural exports of India. Blue revolution is a combined effort of safeguarding fisheries as well as the environment thriving on and around it. The revolution broadly includes infrastructure development and augmenting livelihood opportunities thereby improving employment in the allied sectors of agriculture.


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