|Published : 18 Apr 2017, 17:48:31|
Fisheries playing vital role in socio-economic dev
The fisheries sector has long been playing an important role in the country’s socio-economic development.
The fisheries sector’s contribution to the national GDP (gross domestic product) is so far 3.69 per cent while the agricultural GDP is 23.12 per cent.
According to the Fisheries Department data, around 1.28 million fishermen directly or indirectly depend on fishing for their livelihood. Of them, about 0.77 million are fishing in inland water-bodies and about 0.55 million are involved in fishing in coastal water-bodies or sea.
To make sure the genuine fishermen get access to the incentives and facilities, the government launched the ‘Fishermen Registration and Identity Card Issuing Project’ in 2012.
A BSS report, dated July 20, 2016 quoted experts as saying that the country produced 3.68 million tonnes of fish during the fiscal year 2014-15 against the annual demand for 4.2 million tonnes, as its production increases by 0.1 million tonnes annually.
They laid emphasis on recognising the real fishermen and proper implementation of development programmes taken for their welfare.