Narendra Modi launches Rs 20,000-cr PM Matsya Sampada Yojana to boost fisheries sector

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The PM said the purpose behind all these schemes is to empower the villages and make India self-reliant in the 21st Century

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched PM Matsya Sampada Yojana in 21 states of the country to boost the fisheries sector in the country with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore.

The prime minister also launched e-Gopala App and several initiatives linked to studies and research in fisheries production, dairy, animal husbandry and agriculture in Bihar through video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said the motive behind all these schemes including the Matsya Sampada Yojana is to empower the villages and make India self-reliant (Aatma Nirbhar Bharat) in the 21st century.

Modi said it is being launched in 21 states of the country with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore which would be spent in the next 4-5 years. Out of this, projects worth Rs 1,700 crore are being launched on Thursday.

Under this scheme he said that many facilities have been inaugurated in Patna, Purnia, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Kishanganj and Samastipur.

The prime minister said the scheme provides for new infrastructure, modern equipment and access to new markets to the fish producers, along with increased opportunities for through farming as well as other means.

He said this is the first time after Independence, that such a major scheme has been launched in the country for the fisheries sector.

Modi said, “Keeping in mind the importance of the sector and in order to exclusively deal with various issues concerning fisheries, a separate ministry has been created in the Centre. This will facilitate our fishermen and colleagues related to fish farming and sale.”

The goal is also to double fish exports in the coming 3-4 years. This will create millions of new employment opportunities only in the fisheries sector, he added.

“After interacting with my friends in the sector today, I my confidence increased further,” said the prime minister.

The prime minister said that much of the fish farming depends on the availability of clear water and the Mission Clean Ganga will further help. He added the fisheries sector is also set to benefit from the work being done on river transport in the areas around the Ganga.

“The mission Dolphin announced on August 15 this year will also have its impact on the fisheries sector.”

He said that Mission Gokul is underway to develop better indigenous breeds in the country. A countrywide artificial insemination program was started a year ago, Phase I has completed on Thursday.

The e-Gopala app launched will be an online digital medium that will help the farmers to choose better quality livestock and get freedom from middlemen, he said.

“This app will give all the information related to cattle care, from productivity, to its health and diet. He added when this work is completed, inserting the animal Aadhaar number in the e-GOPALA app will give all the information related to that animal easily. This will make it easier for cattle owners to buy and sell animals,” Modi said.

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