Odisha inks pact with WorldFish to boost fish production

By: | Published: June 29, 2016 5:10 PM

To enhance fish production in the state, Odisha government has entered into an agreement with WorldFish, an international non-profit research organisation, for the overall development of fisheries sector.

Odisha fish productionSethi said Odisha offers vast scope for development in the fisheries sector and the department looks forward to an integrated development in collaboration with WorldFish. (Reuters)

To enhance fish production in the state, Odisha government has entered into an agreement with WorldFish, an international non-profit research organisation, for the overall development of fisheries sector.

The agreement will be effective for five years from July, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy said.

The project cost will be around Rs 22 crore, which will be funded by the state, he said.

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While Commissioner-cum-Secretary, of Fisheries and Animal Resource Development department Bishnupada Sethi signed the agreement on behalf of the government, Michael Phillips, Programme Leader Aquaculture, represented WorldFish.

The agreement was signed in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday.

“We have been working in Bangladesh for many years and have had great success in scaling up production with new technologies and training. We are honoured to be working with Odisha and look forward to bring some of that expertise to the state in the coming years,” Phillips said.

Sethi said Odisha offers vast scope for development in the fisheries sector and the department looks forward to an integrated development in collaboration with WorldFish.

WorldFish will facilitate aquaculture operations through quality fish seed technology and farming systems.

“A long-term goal will foster a sustainable aquaculture sector in which the private sector would be more willing to invest,” he said.

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