Need to increase fish production in Nagaland: F&AR dept

DIMAPUR, NOV 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/21/2020 12:04:22 PM IST

 Current anticipated fish production stands at 9448.12 MT

State department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (F&AR) has underscored the need for increasing the production of fish in the state to meet the growing consumer demand.
Advisor for Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Evaluation, Economics & Statistics, L. Khumo Khiamniungan, who graced the World Fisheries Day celebration programme at Government Demonstration Fish Farm, Thizama Kohima on November 21, 2020, as special guest, said that the day was observed to explore towards the solutions of our economy in sustainable model. He said that World Fisheries Day serves as an important reminder that people need to change the way they manage the global Fisheries in order to maintain stocks and healthy aquatic ecosystems
Advisor also stated that apart from contributing to the food security of the country, fishery was an important sector in India, which plays a vital role in the economy of the country. He pointed out that fisheries contribute about 1.07 percent to the GDP and make up to 5.3 percent to agriculture and allied activities, stated an official bulletin.
Lauding the department for assisting the fish farmers in building up their economy and livelihoods, the advisor encouraged the department to continue with the good work for further uplift of the fish farmers in the state. F&AR additional director, Rongsennungba, stated that India was one of the largest fish producing countries in the world and shares 7.58% to the global production, contributing 1.24% to India’s Gross Value Added (GVA) and 7.28% to the agricultural GVA. 
He said that the department undertakes various projects and programmes for the development of the fisheries sector in the state to attain self sufficiency in fish production through sustainable development of fisheries activities. 
The additional director also said that the department focuses on optimising production and productivity so as to generate gainful employment opportunities enhancing the State GDP and improve the standard of living in the rural sector.
He pointed out that the demand of fish in the State was estimated to the tune of 22,000 MT@11 kg per capita consumption as recommended by the WHO against the present population of 19,80,602 persons (2011 census). Rongsennungba said that the current anticipated fish production (2019-20) in the State stands at 9448.12 MT.  In addition, the additional director said that a bulk quantity of 3700 MT fish was supplemented by importing fish from outside the State that provides a total per capita consumption of only 6.68 kgs, which he asserted was far behind the requirement.  
He, therefore, pointed out that there was an urgent need to increase the production of fish in the State to meet the growing consumer demand. Others who also spoke on the occasion included district fishery officer Wokha C Dory Yanthan and one fish farmer on behalf of the progressive fish farmers. Other highlights of the programme included release of training manuals and leaflets by the special guest, commissioner and secretary and others while presentation of awards/felicitation was carried out by district fishery officer Kohima, Dr. Vimezo Kire and vote of thanks by F&AR deputy director, Neitho-o Kuotsu. On the occasion, district fishery office Kohima was also inaugurated by the special guest. 
As part of the inaugural programme, a workshop cum training on breeding and culture of common carp was held. An interactive session with the farmers was also conducted as inaugural activities. 
The programme was chaired by commissioner & secretary F&AR Dinesh Kumar, who also spoke on the significance of the World Fisheries Day in his welcome address. 

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