Parshottam Rupala stresses the need for strengthening marketing in fisheries sector
Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala has stressed the need for strengthening marketing in the fisheries sector, by evolving a system similar to that of agriculture marketing.
He said, State governments should be roped in for this purpose. The Minister was inaugurating a beneficiary meeting in Kozhikode last evening, organised as part of the seventh phase of the Sagar Parikrama programme.
Mr Rupala observed that the fisheries sector can play a vital role in addressing the issue of malnutrition among children, besides ensuring the food security of the nation. He said the government is trying to bring down post-harvest losses in the sector through the PM Matsya Sampada Yojana.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr L Murugan said while the total allocation for the fisheries sector remained a meagre 3680 crore rupees upto 2014, the union government set apart over 20,000 crore under the PM Matsaya Sampada Yojana alone. Today, the two Ministers will visit Thrissur and Ernakulam districts as part of the Sagar Parikrama programme.
The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India, and National Fisheries Development Board along with the Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala, Government of Puducherry (Union Territory), Indian Coast Guard and fishermen representatives is observing the Sagar Parikrama Phase VII which started from 8th June 2023 from Madakkara, Kerala, and covered Pallikkara, Bekal, Kanhangadu, Kasaragode and has reached at Mahe (Puducherry) on 9th June 2023 and will be proceeding towards entire coastal regions of Kerala through Kozhikode and Thrissur.
The second day program of Sagar Parikrama, Phase VII commenced by Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Shri K Lakshminarayanan, Minister of Fisheries, Government of Puducherry in the presence of Dr. Suvarna Chandrapparagari, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board, Shri Thiru. D. Balaji, Director of Fisheries, Government of Puducherry,
Shri Shivraj Meena, Administrator, Government of Puducherry, and other public Authorities who visited Mahe (Puducherry) and graced the occasion. A welcome address was given by Shri K Lakshminarayanan, Minister of Fisheries, and thanked Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Dr L. Murugan and other dignitaries for driving Sagar Parikrama Yatra at Mahe, Puducherry. He further emphasized on the initiatives for fisherfolk taken by Government of Puducherry.