Berhampur, August 31 (LocalWire): Odisha’s Minister for Agriculture, Fishery and Animal Resources Development Arun Kumar Sahoo on Friday called upon the students of fisheries to work on technologies that can help boost production of fish in the state to meet the future demand.
“The present fish production in the state was 7.58 lakh metric tonnes during fiscal 2018-19,” he said, adding that the demand for fish will be going up many folds in the next two decades.
“Production of the fish is necessary to meet the demand. Students of the fishery should evolve the technology to produce more fish in the state to meet the demand and to export to foreign countries,” the minister said.
Sahoo was addressing the annual students’ union function of the College of Fisheries in Rangeilunda, near here.
He further stated that the export of fishes from the state had increased from Rs 800 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 3,100 crore in 2018-19. “We want to increase our exports to Rs 20,000 crore in the next five years,” he said, calling upon the students to play a major role and to invent technologies for higher production of fishes in the state.
Among others, Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy, Chhatrapur MLA Subash Chandra Behera, OUAT vice-chancellor Pawan Kumar Agrawal, and College of Fisheries director Soumendra Nanda addressed the function.
The VC urged the minister, who is also the Minister of Higher Education to fill up the vacant teaching posts of the college. Out of 19 sanctioned teaching posts, six are lying vacant at present.