State achieves 13% growth in fish production

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has achieved a record growth of around 13% in fish production during 2014-15 with total production of 467076 mt against the total production of 413889 mt last year.

During the period, inland fish production has increased from 241311 mt to 333865 mt. Similarly, the marine fish production has also increased from 129332 mt to 133211 mt.

Reviewing the growth at a high level meeting, chief secretary G C Pati directed concerned officials to develop fishery clusters in the State and enhance growth rate of total fish production to 20% in the coming year.

Pati said that 20% growth can be achieved through adoption of appropriate technology, technical assistance to fish farmers in tranches already under fish cultivation; and brining more areas under fish cultivation.

Fisheries & Animal Resource Development secretary Bishnupada Sethi stated that during 2014-15 additional area of 4000 hectors was brought under fish cultivation.

Additional chief secretary, finance R. Balakrishnan, principal secretary, energy S.C. Mohapatra along with director fishery J.B. Das, district fisheries officers from various districts participated in discussions.