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The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying will inaugurate the ‘Sagar Parikrama’ to know the problems of Coastal Fisher folk.
- It is a navigation journey to be conducted in all coastal states/UTs through a pre-decided sea route to demonstrate solidarity with all fisherfolk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders.
- It is envisioned as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava.
- The Parikrama will start from Mandvi, Gujarat in I st phase and will be organised in other districts of Gujarat and other State/UTs in subsequent phases.
- The first leg of ‘Sagar Parikrama’ shall start on 2022 from Mandvi and end at Porbandar on 2022.
- The entire distance will be covered from the coastline of Mandvi on the coast of the Arabian Sea in the Kutch district of Gujarat, situated at the estuary where the river Rukmavati meets the Gulf of Kutch.
Rukmavati is a south flowing river originating in the central Kutch District and empties into the Arabian Sea.
- The program also conduct interaction programmes with fishermen, fisher communities and stakeholders in these locations and districts in order to know the problems of Coastal Fisher folk.
- India is the 4th largest exporter of fish in the world as it contributes 7.7% to the global fish production.
- Fisheries sector provides livelihood to more than 2.8 crore people within the country.
- India is the second major producer of fish through aquaculture in the world.
- Fisheries Sector is currently growing at progressive rate of 10%.