New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) along with mobile app e-Gopala which will provide marketplace to farmers for livestock.
PM Modi through video conferencing also launched several other initiatives in the fisheries and animal husbandry sectors in Bihar.
After the launch, the Prime Minister interacted with farmers focusing on the livestock and fisheries sector.
The PMMSY is a flagship scheme for focused and sustainable development of the fisheries sector in the country with an estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crores for its implementation during a period of 5 years, as a part of the ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ package.
This is the highest ever investment in the fisheries sector, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Out of this, an investment of about Rs 12,340 crores is proposed for beneficiary-oriented activities in Marine, Inland fisheries and Aquaculture and about Rs 7,710 crores investment for fisheries infrastructure.
Moreover, the PMMSY aims at enhancing the fish production by an additional 70 lakh tonne by 2024-25 and reduce the post-harvest losses from 20-25 per cent to about 10 per cent. The scheme will also increase the fisheries export earnings to Rs 1,00,000 crore by 2024-25.
During the launch, PM Modi said, “People engaged in pisciculture will benefit largely from this scheme. It is our aim that in the next 3-4 years we double our production and give fisheries sector a boost.”
Meanwhile, the e-Gopala App is a comprehensive breed improvement marketplace and information portal for direct use of farmers.
At present, no digital platform is available for farmers in India, managing livestock including buying and selling of disease free germplasm in all forms, availability of quality breeding services and guiding farmers for animal nutrition, treatment of animals using appropriate medicine. However, the e-Gopala app will provide solutions to farmers on all these aspects.