The National Fisheries Development Board celebrated the National Fish Farmers Day virtually on Saturday. This annual event is celebrated to commemorate Professor Dr. Hiralal Chaudhury and his colleague Dr. 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Parshottam Rupala said India is benefitted with a vast coastline on three sides with a huge potential for fisheries sector. He said realizing the importance of the sector, Government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana. Under the scheme, financial assistance is provided to fishers and fish farmers for fish farming, creation of infrastructure facilities, seed and feed procurement, fishing activity along with training for its proper implementation.
L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, stated that with the growing population, there is demand for nutritional security and fish is an excellent source for meeting this requirement. He stated that the PMMSY is a dream scheme announced by the Prime Minister under Atma Nirbhar Bharat. The scheme will boost the fish production definitely and transform the life of fishers.