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Pilot project for ornamental fish farming in Odisha

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New Delhi: Recognizing the prospective and scope of ornamental fisheries, the department of animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, the ministry of agriculture and farmers has anticipated a programme to evolve the ornamental fisheries sector in India by launching a pilot scheme with a total expenditure of Rs 61.89 crore.

However, total eight potential states have been identified for implementation of the pilot project, including Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharastra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The project aims at breeding 400 saline water fish species and 375 fresh water species.

Activities under the pilot project are classified into four groups, (a) production of ornamental fish, (b) aquarium fabrication, trade and marketing, (C) promotion of ornamental fisheries sector, and (D) skill development and capacity building.

Apparently, production of table fish is mainly focused in the sector of fisheries and aquaculture while the major funding is aimed at increasing the productivity of fish.

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