Hyderabad, Aug 30 : Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said the farming was a noble profession.
Speaking after inaugurating a three-day 5th Edition of “ Aqua Aquaria India 2019”, organized by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) at Hitex here, Mr Naidu said that the people were entering into aquaculture and fish culture because agriculture becomes unviable for farmers. Hence the farmers are taking other professions, he added.
'Stating that the actor wants his son become actor, doctor wants his son become doctor, businessmen wants his son become businessmen, teacher wants his son to become a teacher but farmers do not want to make his son a farmer because farming was critical, difficult and it is not getting due', Mr Naidu said the centre and the states must stand with the farmers by giving priority in the budget.
In the present situation, agriculture must be diversified into fisheries, aquaculture, dairy, food processing for value addition so that more and more people would come into it, he said.
The Vice President said that agriculture was a noble profession. That is why our leaders given slogans -- Jai Jawan, Jai Kissan and Jai Vignan . All these three have very important role. Jawans are safeguarding the country, farmers are producing food for us and Scientists coming with new ideas. So we must salute them, he said.
He said that Asia was the largest fish producer in the world and in 2016, 85 percent of the global population engaged in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors was in Asia. In India, only after Independence in 1947, fisheries was recognized as a sector with great potential for growth. Mechanization commenced in the 1950s, which has revolutionized harvest and post-harvest activities, he added.
Today, India is the second largest fish producer in the world with a production of 13.70 Million Metric Tons of fish during 2018-19, Mr Naidu said and added that fish constituted about 10 per cent of total exports from India and almost 20 percent of agriculture exports in 2017-18.
‘With export earnings of USD 7 Billion, India is the 4th largest exporter of fish in the world. Apart from exporting marine products worth more than Rs 47,600 crore, the sector also provides employment opportunities to more than 14.5 million people, residing in remote villages of the Indian coast”, Mr Naidu said.
Stating that the contribution of fisheries to GDP is about 1 percent and about 5.37 per cent to the Agricultural GDP, the Vice President said the world fish production through capture and culture fisheries in the marine as well as freshwater regimes, was estimated to be about 178.8 million Metric Tons. Out of this, the food fish production was estimated at 157.9 million Metric Tons, he said.
The Vice President said the world population is ever increasing and the rising food demand is putting further pressure on the available food resources. Hence, the need to boost fish production is felt now, more than ever to ensure food security to our billion- strong population, Mr Naidu said.(UNI)