Odisha, Bhubaneswar, Biswaranjan Mishra, 03/12/2020: The Chief Minister’s call for the launch of 15 online services by the Chief Minister’s Fisheries and Livestock Development Department within the Hirakud Reservoir will create a large-scale agricultural enterprise for fish culture farmers and youth in the Hirakud Reservoir. In addition, in the presence of the Chief Minister, agreements were signed with various entrepreneurs for Cage Culture in the Hirakud Reservoir. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that through this online service, fish farmers and entrepreneurs can stay at home and avail various government schemes online. Boat registration and licensing, registration of saltwater fish farming, discounts on various schemes, etc. can be facilitated.
The Chief Minister said the state government had adopted a new policy in March this year to promote fish farming through large and medium-sized lakes through cage culture. “This will increase the state’s annual fish production by 1.24 tonnes and meet the demand for fish in the state,” he said. Cage Culture will encourage entrepreneurs in the fishing industry and increase employment opportunities. The Chief Minister said that the primary fisheries cooperatives could benefit from the lease royalty of the reservoir. The Chief Minister called on the farmers and youths of the state to create a large-scale agricultural enterprise by announcing that the state government is providing financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh per annum to the state’s agro-entrepreneurs.
The Chief Minister said that the state government has taken the ancillary sectors of agriculture as the engine of growth for the farmers, women self-help groups and entrepreneurs in the state and has doubled the budget this year. In 2019-20, the state’s fisheries and livestock growth rate was 19 percent, which is significantly higher than in other primary sectors. The Chief Minister also said that the state government has implemented a Rs 173 crore covid package for ancillary areas during the Covid period, which has benefited more than 4,000 farmers. It is to be noted that the state government has decided to commercially grow caged fish in 1 percent of the state’s large and medium reservoirs. As a first step, applications were received from entrepreneurs in 100 out of 600 sub-zones within the Diamond Reservoir.
Today, in the first phase, an agreement was signed with 20 entrepreneurs for the cultivation of caged fish in the Diamond Reservoir. Minister Arun Sahu described the various steps taken by the state government in the development of fisheries and livestock development, saying that under the strong leadership of the Chief Minister, the department is focusing on development in the state’s farmers and ancillary sectors. A video of Cage Culture fish farming was shown on the occasion and the opinions of two Cage Culture farmers were taken. Divisional Secretary Shri R Raghu Prasad delivered the welcome address and the Director of Animal Resources thanked the participants.
The function was graced by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi, Shri Suresh Mohapatra of the Development Commission, Shri R. of the Agricultural Production Commission. K. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Mr. Sourav Garg, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Mrs. Anu Garg, and Secretary to the Chief Minister (5-T) Mr. V.K. Pandian and other senior officials were present.