17th November 2017, Kochi
Prof. Ramesh Chand, member of the NITI Aayog and noted agriculture economist visited the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi today. During an interaction with scientists of the ICAR-CMFRI, he suggested taking proactive measures to sustainably enhance marine fisheries harvests through scientific interventions. Marine fisheries exports sector should give due importance to develop internationally acclaimed brands through high quality value addition, certification and promotional activities so that India could fully exploit the potentials of niche markets in developed countries, he said.
Urging ICAR-CMFRI scientists to focus more on different ways to increase the fish productivity, Prof. Ramesh Chand opined that higher production and technology integration is required to boost domestic and overseas trade of fish and other value added products.
Referring to the fluctuation in fish price, Prof. Chand said that implementing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for fish does not seem to be a practical step due to variety of practical problems. Instead, implementation of some types of price support through Price Stabilization Fund and formation of Fish Producers Organizations will offer solutions in this regard, he added.
He also said that NITI Aayog is concerned over the present growth rate of employment in rural industries. “Creating employment is one of the biggest challenges the country is facing today. Growth rate of employment in rural industries is very poor. During 2005 to 2012 it was meagre 0.65% per year. The planning and vision in the area of agriculture and allied sectors should be re-designed so as to generate more job opportunities in rural areas”, he said, urging the scientists to concentrate on value addition in the sector that offer employment opportunities.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI briefed about the various activities being carried out by the Institute.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi)