Fisheries in India is a very important economic activity and a flourishing sector with varied resources and potentials. India is one of the leading countries that produces fish through aquaculture and is home to more than 10 percent of the global fish diversity.
Presently, the country ranks second in the world in total fish production, annually about 9.06 million metric tonnes, of which 1.69 Lakh tonnes was produced only in Telangana.
The Government of India launched National Fisheries Development Board in 2006. Headquarters are situated in Hyderabad.
The Fisheries Department is utilizing vast fishery potential under app. 36 tsd. reservoirs, tank and ponds in addition to over 5 tsd. km of rivers and canals and includes many different culture systems.
In Telangana there are 19.04 lakh ﬁshermen in the State. More than 65 percent of ﬁshermen are concentrated in Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Karimnagar districts. The State has been implementing several centrally sponsored programmes.
Telangana states Broad areas of improvements:
- There is a dire need to improve the productivity of water bodies through stocking of fish seed (advanced fingerlings of 80-100 mm)
- There is a need to improve the existing fish seed farms and establish new fish seed farms in both government and private sectors
- To introduce new technologies like Inland culture, Pen and Cage culture to increase fish production
- To concentrate on modernization of fish markets and establishment of new markets
- To encourage mobile fish markets
- To take up capacity building of fisheries in a big way
Telangana government is planning to introduce inland aquaculture, pen & cage culture to increase Aquafarming.
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