Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries
Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries (Blue Revolution) is the name of an integrated / umbrella scheme covering all existing schemes related to fisheries. This scheme was approved by Union Cabinet in December 2015 and the total outlay is of Rs. 3000 Crore for five years.
The IDMF scheme covers inland fisheries, aquaculture, marine fisheries including deep sea fishing, mariculture and all activities undertaken by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) towards realizing “Blue Revolution”. Thus there are six broad components as follows:
- National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and all its activities
- Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture
- Development of Marine Fisheries, Infrastructure and Post Harvest Operations
- Strengthening of Database & Geographical Information System of the Fisheries Sector
- Institutional Arrangement for Fisheries Sector
- Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and other need-based Interventions.
Funding and Implementation
IDMF is a central sector scheme which provides 100% funding for the above components. Further, it also provides suitable linkages and convergence with Sagarmala Project of the Ministry of Shipping, MGNREGA, RKVY, NRLM etc. The overall objective is to ensure a sustained annual growth rate of 6% – 8% as against an overall annual growth rate of about 4%.
The scheme with its multi-dimensional activities, focuses mainly on increasing production and productivity from aquaculture and fisheries resources, both inland and marine. The scheme is intended to utilise most of the unutilised fisheries resources keeping in view the overall sustainability, bio-security and environmental concerns.