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Hyderabad: Seaweed culture being promoted in a big way: Union Minister L Murugan

Union Minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry L Murugan has said sea-weed culture is being promoted across the country in a big way and steps are being taken to identify places in the country where such culture units can be set up.

Speaking to the media after visiting National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) in Hyderabad, the Minister said sea-weed culture and cage aqua-culture are the new age techniques that the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) is actively promoting for empowerment of fishermen.

Stating that there is a great demand for sea-weed which has medicinal properties in India and abroad, the minister said sea-weed cultivation helps in empowerment of fishing community. He further said sea-weed park was coming up in Tamil Nadu, and more such parks will be set up across the country.

The minister said the Central government is working on strategies to drastically increase earnings from fishing and allocated 20 thousand crore under the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat programme for developing landing centres, fishing harbours, processing units and cold storages.

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