Every year on July 10th, National Fish Farmer’s Day is celebrated to honor and acknowledge the significant role played by fish farmers, aquaculture industry professionals, and other stakeholders in building a sustainable and flourishing fisheries sector. National Fish Farmer’s Day 2023 presents a special occasion for the entire nation to appreciate the invaluable contributions of fish farmers and their dedication to sustainable aquaculture practices.
By promoting responsible and ethical approaches in fish farming and utilizing the potential of the fisheries sector, we can pave the way for a prosperous future. This includes ensuring ample food supply, enhancing food security, and contributing to the overall development of our nation. National Fish Farmer’s Day serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainable aquaculture and encourages us to support and recognize the efforts of fish farmers in building a thriving fisheries industry.
History of National Fish Farmer’s Day
National Fish Farmers Day is celebrated in India on July 10 every year to commemorate the successful induced breeding of Indian Major Carps on this day in 1957. The scientists who achieved this feat were Professor Dr. Hiralal Chaudhury and his colleague Dr. Alikunhi. They were working at the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) in Cuttack, Odisha.
The induced breeding of Indian Major Carps was a major breakthrough in the field of aquaculture. It allowed fish farmers to produce fish on a much larger scale, which helped to meet the growing demand for fish in India.
National Fish Farmers Day is an opportunity to honor the contributions of fish farmers to the Indian economy. Fish farming is a major source of employment in India, and it provides a sustainable source of protein for the country’s people.
The day is also used to raise awareness about the importance of aquaculture and to encourage people to eat more fish. Fish is a healthy and nutritious food, and it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
National Fish Farmer’s Day 2023
To celebrate the achievements of the Indian fisheries sector, the Department of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying is organizing the ‘Summer Meet 2023’ and the ‘Start-up Conclave’ in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. These events bring together fish farmers, experts, entrepreneurs, and policymakers to showcase accomplishments, foster innovation, and discuss the future of sustainable fisheries development. The ‘Start-up Conclave’ specifically supports aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups in fisheries and aquaculture, providing a platform to showcase their ideas and technologies that can contribute to the industry’s growth and modernization.
The Department of Fisheries, in collaboration with Startup India hub and DPIIT, has launched the Fisheries Startup Grand Challenge to recognize and reward startups making a significant impact in the fisheries ecosystem. The challenge received applications from 121 startups across four problem statements, and after a thorough evaluation, 12 startups have been selected as winners.
These selected startups will be honored by the Minister for Fisheries Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala, along with other dignitaries, on National Fish Farmer’s Day on July 10, 2023, in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. As part of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, these startups will receive a cash grant of ₹2 lakhs to support their ongoing innovative endeavors.
The National Fish Farmer’s Day celebration event will also include an exhibition showcasing 30 exceptional startups from across the country, providing them with a platform to highlight their innovations. Additionally, curated sessions will be organized to support the growth and development of these startups.
Government’s Initiatives to Promote Fish Farming
The Government of India has been leading the way in transforming the fisheries sector through the Blue Revolution, aiming for economic growth and prosperity. The focus is on increasing production and productivity, improving quality, promoting domestic fish consumption and exports, reducing waste, and creating employment opportunities for youth. Substantial investments have been made since 2015, with initiatives like the Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund.
In 2020, the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) was launched with a significant investment to bring about sustainable and responsible development in the fisheries sector. The primary goal is to enhance fish production and provide employment to millions of people. PMMSY promotes innovation, private sector involvement, entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and the integration of the latest technologies.
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