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Govt mulls fisheries development board

21 October 2005

INDIA - The Government is considering establishment of a National Fisheries Development Board to exploit the potential for increased production of fish with a special focus on inland aquaculture, said Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. While speaking at the two-day international conference on Public Private Partnership in Rainfed Agriculture, organised by FICCI, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (Icrisat), Pawar said the instances of farmers' suicides are almost non-existent in those regions where the farmers had an opportunity to earn some income from allied activities such as livestock rearing and fisheries. The Minister said, "We feel that it is possible to reach growth rates of 8-10 per cent in the fisheries sector mainly through inland aquaculture." He also saw a big role for the private sector in seed production, human resource development, post-harvest management and marketing in the fisheries sector. Source: sify.com



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