Odisha CM Launches 15 F&ARD Apps, MoUs Inked For Cage Culture In Hirakud Reservoir

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide doorstep services to the farmers so that they can access the benefit of schemes timely and efficiently, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today launched 15 online services of the Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (F&ARD) Department under the 5T initiatives.

He also graced the occasion of signing of agreements with many entrepreneurs for taking up cage culture in Hirakud reservoir.

“It’s a double delight for the fisheries sector today,” beamed the Chief Minister, adding, “The online applications will provide a number of very useful services to the fishers and farmers including registration of fishing boats and licenses, registration of brackish water farms and avail subsidy for setting up of new livestock and fishery units.”

He stated, “The State Government, under its 5T commitment, has brought out a new policy during March 2020, to promote cage culture fishery in large and medium reservoirs. Cage culture can increase the annual fish production of the State by over 1.24 lakh tons, achieving self-sufficiency in meeting the demand. It will also promote entrepreneurship and create job opportunities.”

He further stated, “The royalty generated from lease of the reservoirs will immensely benefit the Primary Fishery Cooperative Societies also. The State Government provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 lakh for various commercial agri-enterprises, including cage culture fisheries.”

“I call upon the farmers and youth of the State to come forward and contribute to the State’s economic growth as agri-entrepreneurs,” the Odisha CM exhorted.

He also said, “My Government has identified the allied sectors as the growth propellers for State’s farmers, women SHGs and entrepreneurs and thus doubled the allocation to the allied sectors during 2020-21. It is a matter of happiness that the growth in the fisheries and livestock sectors during 2019-20 was over 19 per cent, which is much higher than other primary sectors.”

He also mentioned, My Government has also launched a special Covid package to the tune of Rs 173 crore to boost the allied sectors which will directly benefit over 44,000 farmers.”