Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra has directed the concerned departments to prioritize laying of infrastructural facilities like road and power connectivity to fishing firms to boost up fishery product and sea food export from Odisha.
Mohapatra has given this direction while reviewing the present status of fish farming in the State and the potential that the State has in this sector, in a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall last evening.
Discussions in the meeting reveal that Odisha has the potential to be No-1 State in shrimp production and export. Available data shows Odisha has fresh water area of 6.73 lakh hect. and brackish water area of 4.18 lakh hect along with 480 kms of coastal line. With this natural resource State has the production potential of 6.5lakh MT fishery product per year. At present near about 2.95 % of population are engaged in fishing and contribution of fishery to GSDP is around 6%. This trade supports more than 12 lakh fishermen in the State. The area suitable for shrimp culture is 32000 hector out of which 16,000 hectors have already been developed for shrimp culture. Target has been set to have optimal use of the developed area within coming years, which as per one estimate, has production potential of 300,000 Ton per year,
the value of which in terms of export is around Rs.18000 cr. Sources say, that the total shrimp production in the State has been increased to 168,585 MT in 2012-13 against the production of 133,893 MT in 2011-12 thereby registering a growth of 25.91%. The growth in terms of value of this product is around 26.31%. Similarly, the vennamei shrimp production in Odisha has been enhanced to 91,610 MT in 2012-13 against the production of 48,430 MT in 2011-12 recoding a growth of 89.16%. The growth in terms of the value of this production is 115%. The policies favoring investment in shrimp culture have also been put in place by Government of Odisha. Land lease policy, provision of subsidy for aquaculture equipment, low power tariff for fishing firms, subsidy for establishment of cold stores, cold chain and reefer vehicles, etc have already been enacted by Government. Upgradation of Biju Pattanik Airport to international status has also enhanced the export potential of chilled fish and live fish.
Considering these realities, Chief Secretary Mohapatra has directed to prioritize infrastructural support like road and power connectivity to 125 already indentified fishing clusters. Chief Secretary has advised Principal Secretary Energy Pradeep Kumar Jena, present in the meeting to regularly review the power connection status to fishing firms . Jena said that Govt will provide special feeders to the fishing clusters through investment of Rs.250 cr. during the 12th plan period. In Odisha power tariff for fishing is treaded at par with agriculture which is around Rs.1.10 per unit.
The departments of water resources and rural development have been asked to focus on construction of roads to identified clusters. Chief Secretary has also directed that land for shrimp culture should be allotted in clusters so that infrastructural facilities can be provided there and marketing support can also enhanced. Sri Mohapatra has also directed Fishery department to encourage more number perspective entrepreneurs for shrimp culture by giving definite target to each BFDA.
Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri U.N.Behera, Principal Secretary Water Resources Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Agriculture Sri Rajesh Kumar Verma Secretary MSME Sri Panchanana Das, CMD GRIDCO Sri Hemant Kumar Sharma, Secretary Fisheries & Animal Resource Development Sri Bishnupada Sethy along with representatives of Sea Food Exporters Association and other senior officers participated in discussion.