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Gujarat: Government seeks Rs 1,355 crore for new fishing harbours February 11,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The Gujarat government has sought a sum of Rs 1,355 crore in grants or soft loan under the PM’s blue revolution scheme meant for enhancing fishing production. The state government expects a sizeable increase in fish production by investing in fishing infrastructure. In a proposal sent to the government of India (GOI), the state fisheries department, while demanding Rs 1,355 crore said, “Due to inadequate facilities, fishermen are experiencing difficulties in unloading their catch during fishing season. Moreover, lack of infrastructure facilities results into landing of fish catch in unhygienic conditions. This leads to deterioration of overall quality of fish products and increase of waste, affecting the price realisation and export, which ultimately leads to monetary loss to the fishermen.’’ The state government has proposed to construct five new fishing harbours at Navabandar, Madhwad, Veraval, Porbandar and Sutrapada.

The proposal states that the Gujarat fisheries department has established five fishing harbours and 18 fish landing centres (FLCs) for fisheries activities. There are about 24,720 mechanised fishing boats which operate in Gujarat. Present fishing harbours and fish landing centres are sufficient only to accommodate about 12% of these fishing boats.

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