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Parshottam Rupala to Join Phase V of Sagar Parikrama: Raigad to Canacona Voyage Begins on May 17

The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying has recently announced the launch of Phase-V of the Sagar Parikrama initiative, a significant undertaking aimed at addressing the challenges faced by fishers and stakeholders while enhancing their economic prospects.

Shivam Dwivedi
Parshottam Rupala to Join Phase V of Sagar Parikrama: Raigad to Canacona Voyage Begins on May 17 (Photo Source: @PRupala twitter)
Parshottam Rupala to Join Phase V of Sagar Parikrama: Raigad to Canacona Voyage Begins on May 17 (Photo Source: @PRupala twitter)

Parshottam Rupala, the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, will be at the forefront of the event, joined by respected dignitaries and officials representing various governmental bodies and organizations.

Beginning on May 17, 2023, in Raigad, Maharashtra, and concluding on May 19, 2023, in Canacona, Goa, this journey will encompass various fisheries schemes and programs, including the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and Kisan Credit Cards (KCC).

The Sagar Parikrama initiative symbolizes unity with fisherfolk, fish farmers, and concerned stakeholders, while commemorating the spirit of the 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and paying tribute to our freedom fighters, sailors, and fishers. Having successfully completed four phases, covering 19 locations in Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, this unprecedented initiative continues to receive widespread support from all stakeholders.

Phase-V of the journey will span six locations across Maharashtra and Goa, including Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg Districts in Maharashtra, as well as Vasco, Mormugao, and Canacona in Goa. Maharashtra, with its extensive 720 km coastline, holds immense potential in marine fisheries, contributing 82% to the state's fish production. Goa, with its 104 km coastline, boasts fish as a staple diet for over 90% of its population, making it an integral part of Goan life and culture.

During the journey, fishermen, coastal fishers, fish farmers, and young fishery entrepreneurs will be provided with certificates and sanctions related to the PMMSY, KCC, and State Schemes. Extensive promotion of literature on schemes such as PMMSY, state schemes, e-shram, Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund, and KCC will take place through print and electronic media, videos, and digital campaigns.

Esteemed officials including the Hon'ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Dairying and Animal Husbandry, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Shri. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Honorable Minister of the Department of Forest, Cultural Affairs, and Fisheries, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, IAS, OSD of the Department of Fisheries, as well as senior officials from the Indian Coast Guard, Fishery Survey of India, Maharashtra Maritime Board, and other organizations will also be present during the event.

Sagar Parikrama Phase-V sets the stage for an inclusive and prosperous future for fisherfolk and the fisheries sector in India. This endeavor highlights the government's commitment to improving the quality of life and economic well-being of coastal communities by achieving a sustainable balance between the utilization of marine fisheries resources for the nation's food security and the protection of marine ecosystems.

The development of fishing villages, the establishment of infrastructure such as fishing harbors and fish landing centers, and the adoption of an ecosystem approach will ensure responsible and sustainable development.

(Source: PIB)

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