The Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala, along with other dignitaries, launched a new android-based mobile app called “Report Fish Disease.” The launch event was attended by Dr. L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Shri J.N. Swain, Secretary of the Department of Fisheries, MoFAH&D, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Officer on Special Duty, MoFAH&D, and Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary of DARE & DG, ICAR, New Delhi.
More About the ‘Report Fish Disease’ App
Aligned with the vision of “Digital India,” the ‘Report Fish Disease’ app has been developed by ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow.
- It was officially launched on June 28th as part of the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases.
- The app aims to contribute to the effective monitoring and control of fish diseases by enabling users to report and identify diseases in aquatic animals.
- This initiative is an important step towards leveraging technology for the betterment of the fisheries, animal husbandry, and dairying sectors in India.
- The Department of Fisheries has allocated a budget of ₹33.78 crore for a three-year period to implement the second phase of the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD) under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) scheme.
- The launch of the “Report Fish Disease” app has played a crucial role in meeting national and international reporting obligations in a transparent manner.
- The app serves as a central platform, seamlessly connecting fish farmers, field-level officers, and fish health experts.
- It enables effective communication and collaboration among these stakeholders, ensuring that disease problems faced by farmers are promptly reported and addressed.
- Previously, such issues often went unnoticed or unreported, leading to delays in finding solutions. With the app, experts can quickly identify and respond to disease problems, resulting in more efficient management and resolution within a shorter timeframe.
- By integrating fish farmers, field officers, and experts on a single platform, the app enhances the overall disease surveillance and reporting system.
- It empowers farmers by providing them with a means to easily report diseases and seek expert guidance.
- This will contribute to the overall improvement of disease management practices and the health of aquatic animals, ultimately benefiting the fisheries sector in India.
- The “Report Fish Disease” app enables direct communication and interaction between farmers, district fisheries officers, and scientists.
- Farmers and stakeholders can use the app to self-report diseases affecting their finfish, shrimps, and molluscs farms.
- Through the app, farmers will receive scientific and technical assistance from experts and scientists.
- The app serves as an early warning system, providing timely alerts and scientific advice to farmers.
- This proactive approach helps farmers reduce losses caused by diseases and strengthens disease reporting across the country.
- By facilitating direct communication between farmers and experts, the app empowers farmers to take necessary actions to manage and mitigate the impact of diseases on their farms.
- The availability of scientific and technical assistance through the app ensures that farmers receive accurate guidance and support in addressing disease outbreaks.
- This not only improves disease management practices but also enhances the overall health and productivity of fish farms.
- By promoting efficient disease reporting and providing expert advice, the app contributes to the sustainable development of the fisheries sector and the well-being of fish farmers in India.
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