Bhubaneswar, Sept 25 (LocalWire): With Odisha accounting for Rs 2,782 crore-worth annual marine fish export, the state has registered compound annual growth rate of 26 percent despite infrastructure deficiencies.
The unit value of exports of marine produce also grew from Rs 253 per kilogram to Rs 538 per kilogram, the officials of state fisheries directorate said.
Inadequate cold storage facility and absence of refrigerated container handling facility at the state’s only major port in Paradip are posing as hindrance for marine export sector.
Odisha’s marine exports were routed through Andhra Pradesh’s Vizag port and Kolkata port in West Bengal.
Paradip port does not have a refrigerated container handling facility, said the officials.
Besides the refrigerated cargo handling facility in the port, there is need for improving the infrastructure at fish landing centres to ensure that the quality of fish does not deteriorate.
The modernisation of fishing crafts and the introduction of multi-day fishing vessels is also required for exploitation of catch in deep and distant waters, the officials said.
The marine fisheries department has successfully launched welfare schemes for sea-going fishermen including life insurance, assistance to buy fishing boats, nets, and climate information services to fishermen to manage weather-related risks.
Eleven seafood processing units have been certified and approved by the European Union. These units have hygienic platforms, space for cold stores and round-the-clock provision of ice slabs.
Cyclone Fani caused intense damage to the marine fisheries sectors mainly in Puri district.
Fishermen falling victim to the cyclone have all been adequately compensated with fiscal grants to help revive their lost resources. Besides, they were also covered under the fishermen’s welfare scheme.
The marine fisheries sector in Puri is slowly returning to its old shape.
The government has also moved for digitization and geo-tagging of fisheries assets by using geographic information system-based management information system, established in the Project Management unit of the Directorate of Fisheries to effectively implement all fisheries-related benefit schemes.
Besides, GIS tools will also be used to plan fisheries development in the state efficiently, they said.