India becomes world’s largest fish producing country as output increases – minister

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Workers loading fresh fish catch at Mumbai's Sasson Docks. Photo/IAC

India’s overall fish production has increased by about 19% in comparison to the last three years to make the country the biggest fish producing nation with a total output of 11.41 million tonnes in 2016-17, farm minister Radha Mohan Singh said.

Speaking at an event to mark the World Fisheries Day, Singh said inland fish production had registered a growth of more than 26 percent.

Singh emphasised that the vast aquatic resources present in the country provide more opportunities and potential for further development in fisheries sector.

He said that main aim of the “Blue Revolution Scheme” is to increase the fish production and productivity to up to 8% annual growth rate and to produce 15 million tonnes of fish by 2020.

Minister of State Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Krishna Raj said that India had a fleet of 2.48 lakh fishing vessels, and the country exported fish products amounting to $ 5.78 billion (Rs. 37,871 crore) during 2016-17, which is the highest export from the country so far.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He also advises companies on thought leadership imperatives.

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