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India: It is time India took measures to harness blue economy December 03,2019   |  Source: Daily Pioneer

The observations being made by veteran marine scientists, technologists and policy makers that India was yet to tap the huge potential offered by the three seas surrounding the country has been proved right with a plea made by the Chennai District Collector R Seethalakshmy to Bankers on Saturday.

The collector, while addressing State level Bankers at Chennai requested them to explore the possibilities of providing loans for the fishing community. But Dr Paul Pandian, director, department of fisheries, Government of India, told fish farmers and fishermen during a colloquium held at Kochi on Sunday that they can avail bank loans of Rs 3 lakh on the basis of the Kisan Credit Cards issued by the Centre. “This shows that there is a communication gap between the Governments at the Centre and the States regarding the massive programmes chalked out by the Centre to harness the Blue Economy (economic activities dependent on marine resources),” said C K Sudhakaran, an aqua culture farmer from Kerala’s Kodungalloor district who is into the business for the last four decades.

Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal offer immense economic potential to the fishing community spread across the country’s coastline as well as entrepreneurs, according to Pejawar Murari,

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