On November 6, 2020, Kerala Fisheries Minister, J. Mercykutty Amma inaugurated ‘Parivarthanam’(Means “Change”) scheme which aims to improve the livelihood skills of youngsters along the coastline and improve the socio-economic condition of people of fishing community.
i.The scheme aims to manage the state’s aquatic and agricultural products through Intelligent use of human resources.
ii.It will promote processing marketing of clean fish and its fresh products by providing employment to youngsters.
i.It will be spearheaded by Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC).
ii.The scheme will provide jobs to college dropouts and migrant workers who returned home due to COVID-19.
iii.It plans for a rapid improvement in standard of living of the fisher communities by encouraging entrepreneurship.
iv.‘Parivarthanam’ will guarantee fixed price to fish-catchers as fair compensation.
v.KSCADC & Union Government’s Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) will monitor procurement and processing fish and will ensure its quality.
ICAR-CIBA, ADAK sign MoU to Increase Brackish Water Fish Production
ICAR-CIBA (Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Agency for Development of Aquaculture Kerala (ADAK) to set up a multi-species fish hatchery at Odayam in Thiruvananthapuram district to increase brackish water fish production in Kerala.
i.The proposed hatchery aims to boost sustainable brackish water fish production in Kerala.
ii.It aims at addressing the critical issues faced by fish farmers in adequate seed availability of brackish water fishes.
i.The Multi-species hatchery will be set up under the aegis of Kerala Government.
ii.CIBA will provide scientific and technical support to the Government for developing captive breeding and seed production technology of commercially important brackish water fishes such as Asian sea bass, milk fish and Kerala’s state fish pearl spot.
iii.The hatchery will target seed production of these species throughout the season to enable continuous seed production.
iv.The partnership will support Human Resources Development in the sector through regular and continuous practical training programmes.
Importance of Hatchery:
i.The establishment of the hatchery is expected to provide a stimulus for increasing brackish water fin fish production in the state.
ii.It will enhance livelihood generation in every step of the fish production process.
iii.The Sector will be vital as Kerala is endowed with rich brackish water resources to the tune of 1.26 Lakh Hectares.
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Chief Minister– Pinarayi Vijayan
Governor– Arif Mohammad Khan