Guwahati: Assam is on track to become self-sufficient in fish production, as the state’s production in the fisheries sector over the past four years has increased by more than 33% to reach 3.93 lakh metric tonnes in 2020-2021, an official said on Friday.
Fish production in the northeastern state was 2.94 lakh metric ton in 2016-17, he said.
Currently, the demand for fish in the state is around 4 metric tonnes lakh per year compared to production of 3.93 metric tonnes lakh.
“There was a yawning gap between supply and demand of 42% in 2015-16 and it has fallen to 0.7 lakh metric ton in 2020-2021,” said Pratul Deka, head of fisheries development.
Per capita fish consumption has increased from 8.5 kg per year to 11.88 kg in the state, he said. The production of fish seeds increased from 5,678 million to 9,886 million during the same period, with a growth of 74.11%.
The state currently has 12,610 ponds, covering 1,523.74 hectares and 4,029 community ponds spread over 468.1 hectares.
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More than 2,000 hectares of areas have been placed under new ponds, he said.
According to the official, 521 fry hatcheries were built under various programs for the period between 2016-17 and June 2021-2022.
Livelihood support has also been extended to 20,000 fishermen, he said.
A draft national fisheries policy is also being finalized, which will significantly boost the sector, the official added.