Gujarat is the frontrunner in marine fish production; Ranked 5th in total fish production in India: Government

National Fish Farmers Day is celebrated by coastal states on July 10 each year. In Gujarat this year, various programs will be organized in Veraval on July 10th and in Porbandar, Jafrabad, Mangrol and Okha on July 11th. The state government will provide fish farmers with valuable information about various government initiatives and modern technologies in the fisheries sector.

Gujarat is the leader in marine fish production in India

According to the data released some time ahead of the National Fish Farmers’ Day, Gujarat leads India in marine fish production and ranks fifth in total fish production in the country. The average fish production in Gujarat has been about 8.5 million tons per year for the past four years.

This year, preliminary marine fish production is projected to be 6,97,151 tons, while inland fish production is projected to be 2,07,078 tons. Thus, the total fish production of Gujarat in 2022-23 is expected to be around 9,04,229 tons. It is worth noting that Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country at 1600 km, which directly benefits its fish farmers and fishing industry.

The income of fishermen increased by one and a half times compared to 2018

The positive and encouraging policy of Gujarat government has directly increased the income of fish farmers. In the last 4 years her income has increased by about one and a half times. In 2018, the income of fish farmers was 6.56 lakhs per family per year and has now increased to 10.89 lakhs per fish farmer family per year. Her income has increased every year. The income was ₹6.56 lakh in 2018, ₹6.80 lakh in 2019, ₹7.39 lakh in 2020, ₹8.51 lakh in 2021 and ₹10.89 lakh per family/household in the year 2022.

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana promotes fish farming

Under the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana”, the Government of India has approved a total of ₹286.53 Crores in 2022-23 for various sub-projects in Gujarat to boost fishing activities in the state. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2020 to focus on fish farming and promote the growth of the fisheries sector in India.

The program aims to increase fish production in India to 70 lakh tons by 2024-25 and increase fishing industry export earnings to ₹1,00,000 crores by 2024-25. Currently, fish production in India is 16,248.27 thousand tons and exports are 13,69,264 tons. Gujarat’s share of the total fish exports is 16.9%, or 2,32,619 tons.

The Gujarat government promotes blue economy

The government of Gujarat has taken several initiatives to develop its fisheries sector given its 1600 km of coastline. The fishing industry and fish farmers in Gujarat are becoming prosperous and prosperous thanks to a number of initiatives such as reducing the VAT rate on diesel and subsidies for kerosene and petrol. In addition, the provision of electricity for shrimp farming, the improvement of small fishing port infrastructure and the construction of four new fishing ports in Madhwad, Navabandar, Veraval-II and Sutrapada, as well as regular weather and safety awareness in coastal areas have increased the fishing sector in Gujarat.

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