15 online services of Fisheries & ARD department launched


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched 15 online services of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department under the 5-T initiative.

The Chief Minister called upon the farmers and youth of the state to come forward and contribute to state’s economic growth as agri-entrepreneurs. Besides, in the presence of the Chief Minister, agreements with many entrepreneurs for taking of Cage Culture in Hirakud Reservoir were also signed.

Patnaik said that state government provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 lakh for various commercial agri-enterprises, including Cage Culture fisheries.

He further said that Cage Culture can increase the annual fish production of the state by over 1.24 lakh tons, achieving self sufficiency in meeting the demand, will promote entrepreneurship and create job opportunities.

The Chief Minister expressed happiness that the growth in fisheries and livestock sectors during 2019-20 was over 19 percent, which is much higher than other primary sectors.

He also said that the government has launched a special Covid package to the tune of Rs. 173 crore to boost the allied sectors which will directly benefit over 44,000 farmers.