Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PM Matsya Sampada Yojana, eGopala App, and several initiatives linked to studies and research in fisheries production, dairy, animal husbandry, and agriculture in Bihar through video conferencing.
Speaking on occasion, Modi said, “The motive behind all these schemes launched today is to empower our villages and make India Self-Reliant (AatmaNirbhar Bharat) in the 21st Century.”
The Matsya Sampada Yojana has launched in 21 states of the country with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore, which would be spent in the next 4 to 5 Years. Out of this, projects worth Rs 1700 crore were launched on 10 September. Under this scheme, many facilities have been inaugurated in Patna, Purnia, Sitamarhi, Madhepura, Kishanganj, and Samastipur.
According to Modi, the scheme provides for new infrastructure, modern equipment, and access to new markets to the fish producers, along with increased opportunities for through farming and other means. “This is the first time after independence, that such a major scheme has been launched in the country for the fisheries sector.”
Keeping in mind the importance of the sector and exclusively dealing with various issues concerning fisheries, a separate ministry has been created in India’s Government. This will facilitate our fishermen and colleagues related to fish farming and sale. “The goal is also to double fish exports in the coming 3 to 4 years. This will create millions of new employment opportunities only in the fisheries sector. After interacting with my friends in the sector today, my confidence increased further.”
He added the fisheries sector is also set to benefit from the work being done on river transport in the areas around the Ganga river. The mission Dolphin announced on August 15 this year will also have its impact on the fisheries sector.
He said that even in this time of Corona, about 60 lakh houses in Bihar had been ensured to get water from the tap, and this is a considerable achievement. “It is the strength of our villages that despite the Corona, grains, fruits, vegetables and milk continued to come to the mandis, to the dairies without any shortage. Not only this, the dairy industry has also made record purchases despite this difficult situation.”
He said that the Government is continuously making efforts to expand its dairy sector like making new products and innovations so that the farmers and cattle breeders get more income. Along with this, the focus is to improve the quality of livestock in the country, to maintain their cleanliness and health and access to nutritious food. “Mission Gokul is underway to develop better indigenous breeds in the country. A countrywide artificial insemination program was started a year ago, Phase I has completed.”
“Bihar is now becoming a major center for the development of quality indigenous breeds. Bihar is going to be strengthened in the dairy sector due to the modern facilities built in Purnia, Patna and Barauni under the National Gokul Mission today.”
The eGopala app launched will be an online digital medium that will help the farmers choose better quality livestock and get freedom from mediators. This app will give all the information related to cattle care, from productivity to its health and diet. He added that inserting the animal Aadhaar number in the e-GOPALA app will give all the information related to that animal easily when this work is completed. This will make it easier for cattle owners to buy and sell animals.
Modi said it is necessary to adopt scientific methods and build modern infrastructure in the village to develop sectors like agriculture, animal husbandry, and fisheries rapidly. Bihar has been an important center for education and research related to agriculture. “The clusters of food processing industries and research centers should be set up near villages and with that we can achieve the motto of Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan.”
The Central Government has set up a Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Development Fund to create special infrastructure and support FPOs, Cooperative Groups to develop storage, cold storage, and other facilities.