Bhubaneswar: July 24: Brackish water aquaculture in Odisha has marked a stunned growth of 747 percent in last ten years. A high level meeting held on digital mode under the Chief Secretary of Odisha Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.
The production of brackish water fish increased from 11,460 MT in the year 2011-12 to 97,125 MT in the year 2020-21 thereby marking a record growth of 747.51 percent.
The sea food export value from Odisha also increased from Rs. 801 cr in the year 2011-12 to Rs 3107 cr in the year 2020-21 in spite of the economic slowdown caused by Covid-19. The quantum of export in the year 2011-12 was around 21,311 MT which increased to 60,718 MTin the year 2020-21.
The information was given by Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development R. Raghu Prasad while presenting the updates.
Secretary Sri Prasad appraised that Odisha sea food has caught the global market more particularly in Japan, China, countries in USA, European Union, South East Asia and Middle East. Sri Prasad also appraised, “there is greater potential of brackish aquaculture in the State both in the Government and private land. The sector also can attract more private investments”.
Chief Secretary directed the departments of Revenue and Disaster Management, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development, Forest and Environment department and IDCO to work out a dynamic and facilitating policy for taping the available potential of Brackish water aquaculture in the State.
IDCO was directed to identify the potential land in different districts and develop a land bank for the purpose in close coordination with fishery officers and respective collectors. Sri Mahapatra also directed IDCO to identify land in clusters and develop the facilities like saline water drainage, road and power connectivity for building aquaculture parks.
The officers of the Fisheries and Animal Resource Development operating at different levels were asked to drive the programme in proactive manner.
Chief Secretary Sri Mahapatra directed to tap the potentialities in the sector by bringing in the self-help groups, primary fishermen cooperative societies, women cooperatives, educated unemployed enterprising youths, partnership farms and state owned cooperatives on commercial basis.
Review showed recently around 2000 applications for brackish water aquaculture were submitted to different Tahasils in five major coastal districts namely Balasore, Bhardak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Ganjam. Chief Secretary Sri Mahapatra directed the concerned district administration to take quick action on the proposals as per the existing provisions.