INDIA - To promote the fisheries and aquaculture sector in the country, there is a need to encourage public private partnership (PPP), Indian Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said.
Speaking at a seminar on fisheries organised by Mumbai based Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) at Muzaffarpur, Bihar state, Mr Singh (pictured) said a great awareness has been created in fisheries sector, however, there is a need for adopting scientific attitude in this regard.
Mr Singh also called upon the farmers to implement new techniques suggested by the scientists so that the fish production may touch new heights.
Making a mention of ornamental fish, Mr Singh highlighted the huge potential of increasing its production in view of its increasing demand in domestic and foreign markets.
India’s contribution in world market is merely one per cent despite prevalence of more than 325 breeds of ornamental fish in the country, Mr Singh stressed.
Mr Singh said that fisheries can be made a source of self-employment by imparting training to women in this sector, Mr Singh said.
The country’s total fish production stands at nearly 10 million tonnes and it is second largest after China, he added.
Mr Singh said that per capita availability of fish, which is presently 9.2kg, needs to be increased and stressed upon giving more attention to inland aquaculture, which has a great role to play in fish production.
Mr Singh called upon the participants to realize the vision of blue revolution of country’s prime minister by increasing fish production through adoption of new techniques and technologies.