22nd July 2017, Kochi
Shri Devendra Choudhary IAS, Secretary, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF), Govt. of India visited the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi today and interacted with the representatives of various central fisheries institutes and brackishwater fish farmers in Kerala.
Shri Choudhary said micro-level planning is required to promote the sea cage farming across the coastal belts of the country. He also assured the ICAR-CMFRI that the Department would look into considering the annual marine fish landing estimates being carried out by the institute as the authenticated data for country’s policy formulations.
“DAHDF has approved a budget of Rs 9 crore to the ICAR-CMFRI for the establishment of the national brood bank for enhancing the production of cobia and pompano which will be a major breakthrough in the development of sea cage farming in the country”, Shri Choudhary added.
During the interaction with the brackishwater fish farmers in Kerala, Shri Devendra Choudhary said the total fish production in the country should reach 15 million tonnes from the present 10 million tonnes by 2020.
Pointing out the emerging diseases in the brackish water fish and shrimp farming, Shri Choudhary said eco-labelling and organic farming would help to avoid wrong practices which cause disease outbreak.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI urged to take follow up action for finalising the National Plan of Action on Sharks for which a guidance document has been submitted by the CMFRI to the DADHF.
Dr S Karthikeyan IAS, Director of Fisheries, Kerala and Dr L Sankar, Joint Commissioner of DAHDF also accompanied him.
Heads of the Divisions from the ICAR-CMFRI and representatives from ICAR-NBFGR, ICAR-CIFRI, MPEDA, KUFOS, CIFNET and FSI attended the interactive meet.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi)