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Focus must be shifted to Aquaculture, to achieve $5 trillion economy- Sarangi

Bhubaneswar, Nov 15 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Fisheries Pratap Sarangi said the focus should be shifted to Aquaculture, to achieve $5 trillion economy and double farmers’ income by 2022.
Inaugurating the Pillay Aquaculture Foundation (PAF) Congress here Mr Sarangi said aquaculture has immense potential to provide adequate employment, generate more revenue and to meet the nutrition requirement of thousands of poor at a minimal cost and bring them out of malnutrition.
The congress is being organized by ICAR-CIFA in collaboration with Association of Aquaculturists, Bhubaneswar and Pillay Aquaculture Foundation, Chennai from November 15-17.
The Union Minister said Pollution and Climate Change are major threats for the Aquaculture sector.
‘’We need to create awareness among people to stop the use of plastics and keep water bodies safe and pollution-free so that we will be able to get quality products for our consumption and trade’’ he said.
The Minister urged all the stakeholders for concerted efforts in making aquaculture profitable by strengthening the value chain in the sector.
Mr Sarangi said scientists and planners should carry out Knowledge and Innovation to the common farmers. Technology should be used in a way to sustain the ecosystem. He also stressed on the judicious and reasonable use of chemicals and fertilizers.
Deputy Director General (Fishery Science), ICAR, J K Jena said future aquaculture has to be knowledge-intensive rather than input-intensive.
OUAT Vice-Chancellor P K Agrawal called for enabling policy support to farmers. He hoped that fisheries education and research in Odisha would get a boost from the newly formed fisheries ministry at the centre.
The policy recommendation will go as a declaration to union fisheries ministry for incorporation and formulation of plans and strategies.
Two mobile apps IndAqua and TreatmyFish, developed in Odia, Hindi and English were released on the occasion.
Around 300 delegates including representatives of multinational industries, domestic entrepreneurs, aquaculturists, Researchers, Extension Workers, Private extension service providers, State Fisheries Departments and Other Development Departments, NGOs and related institutes of repute are participating in this congress.
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