Government to establish Fish Cryo banks

The government has launched a new scheme with an outlay of Rs The government has launched a new

scheme with an outlay of Rs 20,050 crore over the next five years to boost fish production and will set up fish cryobanks across the country Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Giriraj Singh announced on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day (July 10). He said, this will be the first time in the world when Fish Cryobank will be established.

AIM:

To facilitate all time availability of fish sperms of desired species to fish farmers.

Investment :

Singh said the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has been launched with the highest-ever investment of Rs 20,050 crore during the next five years.

Importance of the scheme :

This scheme will address the critical gaps in fish production and productivity, quality, technology and post-harvest infrastructure, he said. Singh emphasised on providing ''quality seed'' of fish to boost production and productivity.

Technology involved :

"Cryomilt'' technology developed by the NBFGR(National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources) in support with NFDB (National Fisheries Development Board) may be helpful in establishment of fish cryobanks.

More about the National Fish Farmers Day:

The National Fish Farmers Day is celebrated on 10th of July every year in remembrance of scientists K H Alikunhi and H L Chaudhury, who successfully demonstrated the technology of induced breeding (Hypophysation) in Indian Major Carps on July 10, 1957, at the erstwhile ''Pond Culture Division'' of CIFRI at Cuttack, Odisha, (currently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar).

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