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Fisheries should be treated on par with agriculture, says report from India by Jitendra August 08,2018   |  Source: DTE

The potential of the fisheries sector, be it for jobs or fish production or providing foreign exchange earnings, has not been explored well, says a report by an Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee on inland fisheries and aquaculture.

The panel pointed out that the Indian fisheries sector is quite obsolete owing to the lack of technology and technical know-how of deep-sea fishing. It adds that the sector is not even producing as many fishes as it can.

The report titled ‘Scheme on Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture’ was tabled in the Parliament recently. Inland fisheries have been growing but the rate of growth, when compared to its potential, seems far away from its desired level, says the panel, chaired by Hukmdev Narayan Yadav.

The report recommends that fisheries be treated on par with agriculture for fisher folk to be able to access institutional credit. According to the report, farmers are facing lack of quality inputs like seeds, feed, health management and marketing support to areas where freshwater fish farming, cold water fishing, coastal aquaculture, brackish water fishing and ornamental fish farming is done. The committee has also raised concerns of unsustainable farming practices leading to environmental damages and loss of indigenous


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