What is Sagar Parikrama?

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Overview:

The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying will release a book and video on “Sagar Parikrama”.

About Sagar Parikrama

  • It is an outreach program intended to reach out fishermen community across the entire coastal belt of the country through a predetermined sea route.
  • The initiative has been launched to understand the issues, experiences, and aspirations of fishermen and also to create awareness of various schemes and programs of the Government available to fishermen in coastal areas.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying.
  • The Sagar Parikrama Yatra spanned over 12 captivating phases in just 44 days. The Yatra meticulously navigated the diverse coastal tapestry of India, covering an impressive coastal length of 7,986 Kilometres out of 8,118 Kilometres, touching 3,071 fishing villages in 80 coastal districts of all the Coastal States/UTs. 
  • During the Sagar Parikrama events, certificates and sanctions related to the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and Kisan Credit Card (KCC) were awarded to progressive fishermen, fish farmers, and young fishery entrepreneurs.
  • Literature on various schemes, including PMMSY, KCC, and others, was disseminated through print media, electronic media, videos, and digital campaigns to raise awareness among fishers.

Key Facts about India’s Fisheries Sector

  • India has a coastline of 8,118km, covering nine maritime states and four UTs, and provides livelihood support to 2.8 million coastal fishermen.
  • The country contributes 8% of the global share of fish production and is ranked third-largest fish producer in the world.
  • The total fish production of India is 162.48 lakh tonnes (2021-22), of which 121.21 lakh tonnes are from inland and 41.27 lakh tonnes from marine, with exports of over Rs 57,586 crore contributing to about 17% of agriculture exports. 

Q1) What is Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)?

PMMSY was launched in September 2020 with an aim to double the income of fish farmers and fishers in the country. It focuses on sustainable development of India’s fisheries sector and is a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme. The scheme focuses on activities with potential to generate employment such as seaweed and ornamental fish cultivation. It also emphasises on the breeding technique for quality brood, seed & feed and species diversification.

Source: Union Minister Shri Parshottam Rupala will release Book and Video on Sagar Parikrama tomorrow at Rajkot, Gujarat