Bhubaneswar, Feb 21(LocalWire): The fish loving population in the state seems to be on the rise as data from the state government hints that there had been spurt in the per capita consumption of fish in the last four years.
The data of the state government was shared recently in the assembly.
According to the statistics shared by the department of fisheries in the Odisha Legislative Assembly, the annual per capita fish consumption in the state in 2018-19 stood at 15.38 kgs.
This hints that on an average per person living in the state is consuming around 15.38 kgs of fish in one year.
This is an increase from the earlier consumption pattern of fish in the state.
According to the data shared by the government the per capita fish consumption in 2015-16 stood at 12.24 kgs which increased to 13.49 kgs in 2016-17 and notched upto 14.42 kgs in 2017-18.
The same data on the other hand hint that the production of fish in the state from all categories is rising. The data hinted at an increase of productions from freshwater, brackish water, Chilika, marine.
The state in 2015-16 witnessed the total production of 5,21,278 metric tonnes of fish which has now increased upto 7,58,962 metric tonnes which is a jump of 46 per cent in the last four years.
Government data also claim that the import of fish has also increased from 46275 metric tonnes in 2015-16 to 49607 metric tonnes in 2018-19.