MI Projects For Fishery

While the Odisha Government is keen on for extension for World Bank funded Odisha Integrated Project for Climate Resilient Agriculture(OIIPCRA) , Vishal Gagan, Secretary Fisheries & ARD (FARD) has underscored the need for possible cooperation and partnership in developing Pisciculture as the key activity in the Minor Irrigation Projects areas.

 
There are 88 Minor Irrigation Projects (MIP)s and 145 Gram Panchayat Tanks having water spread area of 850 Hectares, which has been brought to the fold of Pisciculture and various interventions have increased fish production and productivity, while facilitating over 14 000 Fishermen directly.
 
He was of opinion that the Reservoirs in the State should be utilized to the optimum level to augment fish production.
 
As the State Government is inclined to extend the project to be supported by World Bank, Mr.Gagan looking at the bright scope for Pisciculture in these water bodies, said an Integrated Development in Fisheries Sector and identification of the Missing Links is needed to be taken up.
 
Mr.Gagan was having detailed discussion with the Agriculture and Water Management Experts of the World Bank here on 1 September.
 
Now FARD is taking up Cage Culture in selected reservoirs, empowering fishermen through Mobile Advisory Services, Livelihood Support to Marine Fishermen, Infrastructure Development of Fishing Harbors, Fish Landing Centers (FLC)s  and most importantly, the ambitious plan to take seafood export to Rs.20,000 Crores.
 
He explained that State is working on a Mission Mode to enhance total Inland Fish Production to 5.30 Lakh Metric Ton by 2020, which was 3.93 Lakh MT in 2016-17.
 
He emphasized involvement of Women Self Help Group (WSHG) and Pani Panchayats so that there will be community involvement in the project.
 
Under Odisha Fisheries Policy, 2015, the MIPs below 40 Hectare water area are under Gram Panchayats. Since, in most of the cases, these remained unutilized, Mr.Gagan proposed handing over of these water bodies to FARD so that WSHGs.
 
So Mr.Gagan said that the fish farmers are need to be supported in a concerted manner to bridge the gap of fish production with Credit Support, Input Subsidy to take up fisheries development and allied activities.
 
Capacity Building of the fish farmers is needed and the Project could support the initiative, said he.
 
He also emphasized on community management of resources including the assets created in the process for comprehensive development in the sector.
 
Ranjan Samantary of the World Bank Group said there should be innovation in second phase of the project in addition to ensuring economic development of fish farmers.
 
After interaction with Arun Padiyar of WorldFish, world Bank delegates suggested that there should be study by the Technical Advisor  on Carbon Foot print connected to fishery Sector.
 
It has been decided to make coordinated efforts with OCTMP Project and Directorate of Fisheries for utilizing the resources developed in the state.


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