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Bhubaneswar: In another feat for enhancing income of the fishing community, the sea food export from the state increased by 17 percent during the year 2016-17. Keeping in tune with export, the total fish production of the state has also increased by 18 percent.

This was known from the review meeting of fisheries & Animal Resource department taken by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall on Tuesday wherein Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Vishal Gagan presented the updates and outlined the issues for discussion.

Reviewing the progress, Padhi directed the department in putting modern facilities at the landing harbors. He further directed to functionalize all the facilities including auctioning and trading activities in the already developed harbors like Dhamra.

The department was also advised to develop fishery support activities and hatcheries in the harbor region so that more and more farmers get prompted to take up aquaculture.

Further, Padhi directed to fix Distress Alert Transmitters (DATs) in all motorized boats and put in place appropriate monitoring system of DAT signals in convergence with coast guard.

Secretary Gagan said that the total sea food export during 2015-16 was 35630 MT which increased to 41828 MT during 2016-17 thereby recording an increase of 17 percent in terms of quantity. In terms of value the export increased by 23 percent with a total turnover of around Rs 2205 crore.

Similarly, the total fish production in the state during 2016-17 has also increased by 18 percent over the last year crossing the mark of 6.14 lakh MT.

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