Context: Prime Minister launched PM Matsya Sampada Yojana, e-Gopala App & several initiatives linked to studies and research in fisheries production, dairy, animal husbandry and agriculture.

Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

  • It is being launched in 21 States of the country with an investment of Rs 20,000 Crores which would be spent in the next 4-5 Years. 

  • It is supervised by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying which is a newly formed ministry carved out of the department of the same name under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

  • The objective of the scheme is to supplement or increase agriculture, modernize processing and decrease agricultural-waste and to utilize the potential in the fishery sector. 

    • The government has set a target for fish production and that is to achieve the target of 15 million tonne by 2020 under the Blue Revolution, and raise it to about 20 million tonnes by 2022-23.

PMMSY Funds: Rs 7,522 crore special Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) will be used for creation of fisheries infrastructure facilities both in marine and inland fisheries sectors. 

Fish farming and Mission Clean Ganga

  • Much of the fish farming depends on the availability of clear water and the Mission Clean Ganga will further help. 

  • The fisheries sector is also set to benefit from the work being done on river transport in the areas around Ganga river and the proposed mission Dolphin. 

The e-Gopala app 

  • It will be an online digital medium that will help the farmers to choose better quality livestock and get freedom from middlemen. 

  • This app will give all the information related to cattle care, from productivity, to its health and diet. 

  • Inserting the animal Aadhaar number in the e-GOPALA app will give all the information related to that animal easily. 

    • This will make it easier for cattle owners to buy and sell animals.

  • Significance: 
  • Many of the workers who have returned from the cities due to the Corona crisis are moving towards animal husbandry and they will get benefit out of this app.
  • PM has stressed on the need of conservation of indigenous breeds of Bihar like 'Bachhaur' and 'Red Purnia' while launching the app.

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