Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi reviewed the implementation of road map of Fishery Policy, 2015 which aims at fresh water fish production from present level of 3.01 lakh MT to 4.73 lakh MT by 2019, create 10,000 additional hectare of water area in private sector by 2018 and boost the fish export to worth of Rs.10,000 cr. per annum by the year 2020.
Padhi asked officers of the fishery and animal resource department to make fishery activity bankable by promoting entrepreneurs in the sector.
Bishnupada Sethi, secretary of the department presented the update and the road map. Padhi suggested enhancement of the fishery lease period to 5 years to make it rewarding and sustainable.
Development commissioner R. Balakrishnan said that entrepreneurship in inland fishery need to be developed like that of marine fishery.
In the meanwhile, stocking of fish seed has been taken up in all the 30 districts during 2015-16 through Mastya Sampad Viksah Utsav.
Rs. 3 cr has been provided for promotion of L.Vannamei farming as assistance for quality seeds.
World Fish, Malaysia has been roped in for technical collaboration. Comprehensive fisheries development plan for Nawarangpur and Malkangiri districts have been finalized. The budget provision of Rs. 14.50 for the year 2016-17 was discussed in the meeting.
Focus areas identified included development of water logged areas/dead rivers/Tamapara, development of rivers/swamps etc., said official sources.