INDIA: The state of Odisha has launched a new scheme to favour the creation of additional 2,200 hectares of freshwater aquaculture farming with 50 percent financial assistance to farmers.
The state plan scheme, called Fish Pond Yojana, has been developed with Odisha Government funding of INR 960 million (USD 14.8 million), as it was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
“Various services in the fisheries sector are also being made online today. I would expect an active participation of women SHGs and Fisheries Cooperatives in taking advantages of various schemes launched by my government,” Patnaik said, as it was reported by Odisha Sun Times.
Patnaik pointed out that Odisha is the only state in the country to have doubled farmers’ income in real terms over a decade and that the contribution from Fisheries and Livestock sectors was reported to have increased significantly – marking a 33.35-time increase during this period.
The minister added that Livestock and Fisheries sectors play an important role in the development of rural economy in the state and that these sectors have a tremendous relevance for the livelihood of small and marginal farmers who derive a substantial part of their income from the sale of milk, meat, egg, and fish.
Official statistics reveal that due to persistent and novel initiatives taken by the state government, the annual fish production in the state has increased from 26 million tonnes to more than 600 thousand tonnes in the last 17 years.