India will be fish export leader as well: Sharad Pawar
India will be the top exporter of fishes as well, believes Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar
Ratnagiri: India export food grains to 18 countries and has become the top exporter. We have huge scope for fish farming and if it happens; India will be the top exporter of fishes as well, believes Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
He was speaking at the event of a Sand Drazer’s launch, fish conservation in sea cages and the inauguration of ‘Matsya Tarangini Tantrada’ training boat held at Mirkarwada. The event was also attended by Irrigation Minister Sunil Tatkare; Uday Samant, Guardian Minister of Ratnagiri; Bhaskar Jadhav, Region President of NCP; Rajiv Jadhav, District President; Kisan Lawande, the chancellor of Konkan Agriculture University and Bashir Murtuja etc.
India earns revenue of Rs 2.32 thousand lakhs of foreign currency through food grain export. Maharashtra has more than 700 km of coastline. It has numerous dams and water reservoirs which can be used for fish conservation, suggested Pawar. The Central government is giving grant for this. Konkan coastline will be given 24 cages for conservation of Jitada and Modosa fish. Three thousand fish seeds of Jitada and 500 seeds of Modosha will also be given to fetch two tones of production from each cage, said Pawar. He added that fishermen must emphasize these new techniques of fish farming to increase the quality production.
India largely exports fishes worldwide and currently it is generating revenue of Rs 16 thousand crore foreign currency. We can be on top in fish exports if we undertake these new techniques of fish farming, Pawar said futher. He assured fishermen to support them in every possible way.
He also advised fishermen to study the fish farming and conservation practices around the nation and he will fund the studies and tours to them.