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Rs 310 Crore Boost for Goa’s Fisheries Sector: Centre Earmarks Funds for Modernization and Expansion

In a major boost to the fisheries sector in Goa, the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has earmarked Rs 310 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY). This significant investment, with a central contribution of Rs 120 crore, aims to modernize and expand the state’s fisheries infrastructure, enhance productivity, and improve the lives of fishermen.

Responding to MP Sadanand Shet Tanavade’s queries in the Rajya Sabha, the Ministry outlined a comprehensive strategy for Goa’s fisheries development. This includes:

Support for traditional fishermen: The initiative will provide vital assistance to traditional fishermen through access to communication/tracking devices, sea safety kits, insurance coverage, and alternative livelihood opportunities.

Modernization and technology adoption: Funding will support the construction of new ponds, installation of fish cages, promotion of ornamental fisheries, and establishment of fish feed mills, all of which will utilize cutting-edge technology to increase productivity and income generation.

Deep-sea fishing: The scheme aims to bolster deep-sea fishing capabilities by facilitating the acquisition of new vessels, enhancing the reach and catch of fishermen.

Skills development and training: Comprehensive training programs will be implemented to equip fishermen with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate modern equipment, adopt sustainable fishing practices, and enhance their overall efficiency.

Goa, with its existing fish productivity of 3-4 tonnes/hectare, has already witnessed significant progress under PMMSY. Over the past three years, the state has received approvals totaling Rs 107.9 crore for various developmental projects. This investment has supported diverse initiatives, ranging from pond construction to the promotion of high-income generating activities like ornamental fisheries.

The additional Rs 310 crore injection is expected to further accelerate Goa’s fisheries growth, fostering a vibrant and sustainable sector that benefits both fishermen and consumers alike. The modernization efforts, coupled with skill development and technology adoption, will empower fishermen to improve their livelihoods and contribute significantly to the state’s economic development.

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