Aimed at boosting the fisheries sector in the country, Union Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh said the government would invest Rs 25,000 crore so that the fishermen reaped the maximum benefit. He said this in New Delhi while releasing “Handbook on Fisheries Statistics – 2018”.
Pointing out that the production of fish in the country has seen a steady growth, he said that the production in 2017-18 witnessed a growth of 10.14 per cent when compared to the previous fiscal. While the total production in 2017-18 was 12.59 million metric tonnes, the production in 2016-17 was 11.43 million metric tonnes. In 2017-18, Inland fisheries saw the largest production of 8.90 million metric tonnes. Meanwhile marine production stood at 3.69 million metric tonnes.
Singh said that the country was second largest producers of fish, including that of aquaculture production and inland capture. He said that Andhra Pradesh had the distinction of being the top producer in inland fish with a total production of 34.50 lakh tones. Gujarat leads in Mainer fish production with 7.01 Lakh tonnes.
On the number of registered fishing boats in the country, the Minister said that 2,69,047 fishing vessels were operating from the country. About 13,77,243.70 tonnes of fish was exported that fetched Rs 45,106.90 crore in 2017-18. The 13th edition of “Handbook on Fisheries Statistics – 2018” has all the information related to the fisheries sector. The last edition was released in 2014.