National Conference on KCC for Fisheries
Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala, will preside over a one-day “National Conference on KCC for Fisheries” on September 4, 2023, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. This event, jointly organized by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying (DAHD), aims to tackle pressing on-ground issues in the fisheries sector.
The conference will also involve representatives from financial institutions like RBI and NABARD. The program, conducted in a hybrid mode, anticipates around 500 participants. During the event, Minister Rupala will distribute KCC cards to eligible fishers and fishermen, and stakeholders will discuss the way forward for the sector. Fisheries and aquaculture are crucial for food, nutrition, and employment, supporting 2.8 crore fishers and fishermen.
National Conference on KCC for Fisheries: Enhancing Welfare and Policy
The conference facilitates discussions among key stakeholders, addressing issues and devising long-term solutions to ensure the seamless flow of credit, benefiting the fisheries sector’s growth and development.
Significance of the Conference
This conference is vital as it addresses pressing issues in the fisheries sector, focusing on the accessibility of institutional finance through the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme.
Role of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme
The KCC scheme was extended to fishers and fish farmers in 2018-19 to provide working capital support. It simplifies credit delivery and financial inclusion in agriculture and fisheries sectors, playing a vital role in income generation and equitable growth. It was promoted by the government through awareness campaigns and mobilization drives. This resulted in the issuance of 1.49 lakh KCCs to date.
Financial institutions have encountered challenges in extending KCC facilities, some of which include lack of land titles by farmers, which the Department of Fisheries aims to understand and address through campaigns and outreach activities.
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