There is a need for more awareness on PM Matsya Sampada Yojana, which will bring reformation in the fisheries sector that plays a key role in protecting the national food security as well as national security, said NA Patil, director of extension, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar.

He was speaking after inaugurating an awareness campaign on Matsya Sampada organised by the College of Fisheries, Mangalore and the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) here on Tuesday.

“The fisheries sector has been playing a major role in the eradication of malnutrition by ensuring nutritious food to people. Hence, strengthening the fisheries sector is essential for the development of the nation,” he said.

NFDB chief executive L Narasimha Murthy said that stakeholders in the fisheries sector and scientists should work towards bringing reformation with technological advancements required for farmers keeping in mind the population of the next 10 years. A comprehensive report in this direction needs to be submitted so that it will help lawmakers make necessary decisions, he said in his video conference message.

Stating that the board has been implementing programmes for the protection of endangered species of fish, Murthy said that five lakh fishermen have already availed benefits of various schemes.