National Fish Farmers Day 2020 Observed on 10th July
India celebrates 10th July every year as the "National
Fish Farmers Day" to honor the fish farmers, aquapreneurs& fisher
folks in recognition of their accomplishments in the field and their
contribution in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country.
This year it
was 63rd National Fish Farmer's Day.
On July 10th, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of
Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National
Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National
Fish Farmers Day.
National Fish Farmers Day: A brief History:
Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is
celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury
who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian
Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in
Cuttack, Odisha. (presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA,
The event aims to draw attention to changing the way the country
manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy
The event is celebrated every year by congratulating
outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their
accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the
country's fisheries sector. Apart from officials, scientists, professionals,
entrepreneurs, and stakeholders, fishermen, and fish farmers from across the
nation will participate in the event.
NFBD Webinar: A fact file
On July 10th the
Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying
in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a
webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day.
Shri Giriraj Singh, Union
Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri P. C. Sarangi,
Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Rajeev
Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India and senior
officials from the Department of Fisheries graced the occasion.
Interacting with fishermen, officials, scientists,
entrepreneurs at various locations across the country, Union Minister for
Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh observed that to
consolidate the achievements of the Blue Revolution and pave the way from
NeeliKranti to ArthKranti, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra
The "Pradhan MantriMatsya Sampada Yojana" (PMMSY) has been
launched with the highest investment ever of Rs. 20,050 crore over the next
five years in order to realize its goal of doubling the farmer 's income.
scheme would tackle critical gaps in fish production and sustainability,
efficiency, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, improving
and enhancing the value chain, traceability, creating a comprehensive system
for fisheries management and welfare for fishermen.
Shri Giriraj Singh said that providing ‘Quality Seed’ of
fish is very important in enhancing production and productivity in the country.
On the occasion of 'National Fish Farmers Day,' Shri Giriraj
Singh announced that the NFDB, in collaboration with the NBFGR, will undertake
the work of developing 'Fish Cryobanks' in various parts of the world, which
will promote the availability of 'fish sperms' of desired species to fishermen
at all times. This will be the first time in the world when "Fish
Cryobank" will be created, which can bring a revolutionary change in the
country's fisheries sector to boost fish production and productivity, thereby
enhancing prosperity among the fishermen.