Minister launches “Matsya Setu” app for Fishermen

Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Giriraj Singh launched Online Course Mobile App “Matsya Setu” for fishermen.

About Matsya Setu App

  • Matsya Setu app was developed by ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar.
  • Funding support was provided by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad.
  • This app comprises of species-wise or subject-wise self-learning online course modules.
  • On the app, renowned aquaculture experts will explain basic concepts and practical demonstrations regarding breeding, seed production and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes such as carp, murrel, catfish, scampi, ornamental fish and pearl farming.

Why this app was launched?

This online course app was launched with the aim of disseminating latest freshwater aquaculture technologies for aqua farmers across India.

Importance of Fisheries in India

India is the second major producer of fish through aquaculture across the world. it is also the 4th largest exporter of fish worldwide because it contributes 7.7% in global fish production. Fish exports accounts for 10% of total exports from India and about 20% of agriculture exports, as of 2017-18. Fisheries and aquaculture production contribute about 1% to India’s GDP and 5% to agricultural GDP. This sector provided employment to 28 million people in India.

Challenges in Fisheries sector

According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 90% of global marine fish stocks have been fully exploited or overfished or depleted up to an extent that recovery would not be possible biologically Discharge of harmful substances such as plastics and other waste into water bodies also causes devastation to aquatic life. Changing climate is another challenging factor.

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