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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Agriculture
DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL HUSBANDARY AND DAIRYING
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 15
TO BE ANSWERED ON 17.10.2008
Performance of National Fisheries Development Board.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:-
(a) the performance of the National Fisheries Development Board so far and the status of the Blue Revolution Plan; and
(b) the steps taken by NFDB for the fishing industry in Karnataka and Kerala, in particular?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
(a) The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has embarked upon blue revolution through several programmes and schemes for development of fisheries and aqua culture in the country. It has so far provided financial support to the extent of Rupees 68.82 crore for implementation of schemes such as (i) Intensive Aquaculture in ponds and tanks, (ii) stocking of reservoirs, (iii) post harvest and marketing infrastructure, (iv) coastal aquaculture, (v) training, (vi) deep sea fishing etc.
(b) NFDB, through its programmes, has released an amount of Rupees 8.89 crore and Rupees 3.2 crore for fisheries sector in the states of Karnataka and Kerala respectively. The major activities undertaken in these states are (i) establishment of domestic marketing infrastructure, (ii) seed production, (iii) freshwater aquaculture including prawn farming, (iv) ornamental fisheries, (v) reservoir development, (vi) training and demonstration etc.