Fisheries development in Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep

New Delhi: The government today said 14 islands have been identified for fisheries development in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

The Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries department is one of the constituent Departments in the Sub Group, which has been constituted for identifying possible commercial and developmental activities including fisheries in the Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Group of Islands.

"Various meetings at the level of Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) and Committee of Secretaries (CoS) were held. After initial deliberations some fourteen Islands were identified for fisheries development activities," an official statement said today.

The main activities identified under fisheries sector are deep sea fishing, sea weed farming, ornamental fisheries and shore based infrastructure for fishing activities like Fishing Harbours, Fish Landing Centres and cold storages.

The department will provide financial support for the fisheries related activities in those Islands in accordance with the relevant schemes/guidelines of Blue Revolution.

A meeting on matters related to Island Development was held yesterday.

Meanwhile in a separate statement, the Department of Animal Husbandry has asked the state governments especially Andhra Pradesh and Bihar to come up with proposals for upscaling the Rural Backyard Poultry Development program under NLM with 150 birds distribution to be done in a focussed manner in 5-6 contiguous villages/cluster in one block of one district of the State.

The Department would focus more towards entrepreneurial activity in poultry sector.

These steps have been discussed in a meeting which was convened yesterday to discuss Poultry Development Schemes. In a separate official statement, the government said that Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandaviya will visit the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) and Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) in Ahmedabad on August 13.

This will be the first visit by the Minister of State to these two prestigious institutes after he assumed charge in the ministry last month.

PTI