National Fish Farmers Day 2022


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    • The National Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India celebrated the National Fish Farmers Day. 

     About National Fish Farmers Day

    • It is celebrated on 10th July every year to demonstrate solidarity with all fisher folk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the Country
    • It is the 65th National Fish Farmers Day being celebrated across the Country.
    • Every year, this annual event is celebrated to commemorate Professor Dr. Hiralal Chaudhury and his colleague Alikunhi for their contribution in achieving the successful induced breeding of major carps on 10th July, 1957 at Angul in Odisha for the first time in the country through administration of carp pituitary hormone extract in the breeding of major carps. 
      • The technology was later on standardised and fine-tuned by developing synthetic hormones for quality seed production across the country. 
      • This pioneering work of induced breeding over the years has transformed the growth of the aquaculture sector from traditional to intensive aquaculture practices and led to the success of the modern aquaculture industry.

    Governments Initiatives 

    • Blue Revolution: 
      • The Government of India is in the forefront in transforming the fisheries sector and bringing about economic revolution through the Blue Revolution in the country.
        • Taking into account the Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Blue Revolution” – Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries which was launched in 2016 and had made vital contributions towards the development of the sector 
    • Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY): 
      • During 2020, Hon’ble Prime Minister launched the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) with a budget of over Rs. 20,050 crores for a period of five years. 
        • It aims to achieve fish production of 22 MMT from the current 13.76 MMT by 2024-25 and create an additional employment opportunity to about 55 lakh people through this sector. 
    • The Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF): scheme was started in 2018-19 with a budget of Rs. 7,522.48 crores, which is also continuing presently. 
      • FIDF will specifically cater to creation of fisheries infrastructure facilities both in marine and inland fisheries sectors to augment the fish production to achieve the target. Projects under the FIDF are eligible for loan up to 80% of the estimated/actual project cost.
    • NFDB Lab project on “ Assessment of pathogenic microorganisms along with nutrient and residual contaminant profiling in fish and aqua Feeds” was launched .