The Odisha Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, 1983 is being implemented in the State for safeguarding the territorial waters of the State. Registration, renewal & licensing of fishing crafts are being taken up through this Act. The process of Registration & Renewal of license is taken up on-line as Single-Window system. Every year around 19000 of mechanized, motorized & non-motorised boat license are being renewed under this programme.
Odisha has vast scope for enhancing fish production in Freshwater sector. Freshwater resources of the State are estimated to be 6.84 lakh ha comprising 1.33 lakh Ha of ponds and tanks, 2.00 lakh Ha reservoirs, 1.80 lakh Ha of lakes, swamps and bheels and 1.71 lakh Ha of rivers and cannels. Quality fish seed plays a vital role for increasing fish production through adoption of better management practices. The Department of Fisheries use to supply around 27 crores quality fish seed produced in 106 nos. of Government/OPDC hatcheries and fish seed rearing farms. Besides, the Department is also encouraging private entrepreneurs to develop hatchery with subsidy assistance under different programmes for supply of quality fish seed to the fish farmers of the State.
The Primary Fishermen Cooperative Societies have been registered under Odisha Cooperative Societies Act, 1962. The aim & objective of the formation of Fishermen Cooperative Society is to develop the socio economic condition of fishermen community through Pisciculture, Fishing in leased fishery sources, provide loans for fishing equipments etc. There are 732 no of Fishery Coop. societies functioning in the state. The Department is extending services to the PFCSs through organizing training on maintenance of record, post harvest management and operation of cage culture etc. Hand holding of PFCS is being provided by the Department through the Cooperative Inspectors and block level Assistant Fisheries Officers. An amount of Rs. 2.00 lakh is provided to each working PFCS towards revolving fund for their business operation under State Plan Scheme.
Odisha is one of the major maritime States, offering vast scope for development of inland, brackish water and marine fisheries. At present the fish production level in tanks and ponds lies within 3.50 MT/Ha which can be enhanced to 5.00 MT/Ha through adoption of scientific technology. In order to meet the increasing demand of fish for growing population, the enhancement in production and productivity is felt to be the key factor, which can be substantially addressed through organization of skill up-gradation trainings and capacity building of the stake holders.
To impart scientific knowledge of better management practices to enhance productivity in Fresh water, Brackish water resources along with management of MIPs / reservoirs.
Under Centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Surakhya Bima Yojana (PMSBY) 11,50,000 Fishers of Odisha state have been provided insurance coverage during the Insurance period (1st June 18 to 31st May 19).Odisha state has been topping the lists of States and UTs in terms of extending cover to highest nos. of fishermen under the scheme since 2008-09. The premium amount of Rs.12.00 per fisher is shared by Govt. of India and State Govt. on a ratio of 50:50. The scheme provides cover for Rs.2.00 lakh in case of death /full permanent disability and Rs.1.00 lakh in case of partial permanent disability. The death/ disability occurred due to thunder, electric shock, any accident, drowning, and death caused by any animals case are covered under the scheme.
The marine fishers of Odisha face a fishing ban period of seven months staring from 1st November to 31st May apart from the Uniform Ban. Hence, towards ensuring livelihoods of traditional fishermen during lean periods & to inculcate a habit of saving, the scheme provides assistance to the BPL category of sea going fishermen with financial assistance of Rs.3000/- on 50:50 basis with Central & State share. The beneficiary contributes Rs.1500/ in 9 months (Rs.170/ per month for 8 months and last installment of Rs-140/-) and total Rs.4500/- per annum (Beneficiary contribution Rs.1500/- and Central share & State share Rs.3000/-) is disbursed to the beneficiary during 3 lean months (April to June) in three equal installments through DBT. Under this programme annually about 7000 marine fishermen are being covered.
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