Hyderabad, Jun 23 UNI | 1 month ago

The Government is planning to develop a policy for aquaculture growth in the country, Union minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh said here today.

Addressing after inaugurating the 33rd Session of Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFC), Mr Radha Mohan, elaborating, said, 'Blue growth' is another important area for sustainable food security. The oceans and the inland waters of our countries offer excellent scope for blue growth.

The underexploited potential resources of the country can usher in a 'blue revolution' or 'aquaplosion' by utilising the same, he said, adding the resources are to be judiciously and rationally utilised for aquaculture.

'We are also planning to develop a policy for aquaculture growth in the country, considering its vast potential.' the Minister said.

Highlighting the importance of the fisheries sector in providing livelihood to a large section of the population and also vast potential of fisheries in the country, the Minister strongly advocated sustainability and fishermen's welfare.

He said, 'Sustainable growth of fisheries and aquaculture is possible only if the sector's socio-economic benefits accrue to a large social spectrum.

The maxim for policy makers should be ensuring the desired growth duly preserving the natural resource base and millions of livelihood since fisheries and aquaculture are predominantly livelihood activities.

'Therefore, we should not forget the marine fishers, fish farmers and their welfare in our obsession for increasing fish production and productivity.'

Mr Radha Mohan said, 'The sector is confronted with serious inadequacies of planning, funding and management despite being one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the global agricultural economy and despite being the only solution to the global availability of food fish.

There are innumerable challenges to the growth of aquaculture species, ranging from availability of seeds and feed,environmental threats, disease risks, trade barriers to name a few these threaten both economic and socio-economic development in many developing countries of the world.'

The Minister offfered India's cooperation in aquaculture and fisheries to other countries, both for their sustainable development and management.

Agriculture Minister informed that India stands world number two in global fish production and stands world number two in the sectors of Inland capture and aquaculture.

We are number seven in marine capture production and fisheries, he said and added that our total production is 9.51 million metric and India registered an increase of 92.8 per cent in aquaculture and 15.1 per cent in marine catches in the last 10 years (2003-12).

The share of India's production from aquaculture is 6.3 per cent of the world, he said.

(Posted on 23-06-2014)