The Fisheries sector has been identified as
one of the 6 growth engines in Agriculture sector under Vision-2020. To realize
the ambition of achieving Swarna Andhra Pradesh, an approach paper was prepared
by the department after series of meetings held at district, regional and state
level with all people concerned. This paper deals with significant approaches
identified by the department to achieve the goals set under Swarna Andhra Pradesh.
- Increasing fish seed production & stocking.
- Use of Satellite data for forecasting movement of Fish shoals.
- Disposal of fishery rights in tanks.
- Issue of licenses to fisherman in inland waters.
- Issue of licenses to marine fishing crafts.
- Proposing to establish disease diagnostic centres.
- Provision of Group Insurance scheme for 1. 30 lakh Fishermen (RS. 232.
- Provision of relief cum savings to Marine Fishermen to get livelihood during off season. (Rs. 14. 40 lakhs).
- Provision of Houses for Fishermen (177. 20).
- Provision of working capital to Fisher Women (Rs 10. 00 Lakhs).
- Conducting disaster preparedness in the vulnerable fishermen villages.
- Coordination the activities of Research & Educational Institutions.
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Andhra Pradesh Fisheries sector is playing a key role in fisheries
map of India, contributing 10% of total fish and shrimp production in the country.
The total fish and shrimp production has increased from 4. 56 lakh tonnes in
1998-99 to 5. 78 lakh tonnes in 1999-2000. It is proposed to enhance it further
to 6. 20 lakh tonnes in 2000-2001.
- Inland Fish Production
- Generation of employment
The fish and other marine products are creating lot of economic activity not only
within the state and country but also by exports to other countries. The Value of marine
products exports from India(1998)is Rs. 4710 Crores and from state is of the order of Rs. 2000
Crores (Rs. 1042 Crores from Vizag port & the rest is from Chennai port)
The fisheries sector has a potential
for recreation and provides scenic beauty and tourist attraction in the activities like
- Boat riding in lakes & reservoirs
- Establishment of Angling clubs
- Ornamental fish and aquaria
- Development of fishermen villages for tourist attraction as in Europe
- Establishment of marine parks etc.
In the vision 2020 document, the important points where in specific
targets is envisaged are as follows; By 2020, Andhra Pradesh will have a thriving
fisheries sector. The sector will boast of thriving, diversified exports and
provide ample stocks of highly nutritious food to the people of ANDHRA PRADESH
and other states. The central coastal districts of the state have been concentrating
on fish production and the farmers have seen converting agricultural lands into
fresh water fishponds to obtain better yields and also to make good of the abundantly
available fresh water in the delta area of Krishna& Godavari districts.
- State Level
The Commissioner of Fisheries is the Head of the Department. There are 281
Gazetted Officer posts and 1506 Non Gazetted officers' posts. Total 1787.
- Regional Level
The Regional Deputy Directors of Fisheries supervises all Fisheries activity
in the Zone and there are six Regional Deputy Directors for six regions with
supporting staff and Dy. Director of Fisheries in State Institute of Fisheries
Technology, Kakinada. In addition Asst. Directors of fisheries are also working
in special schemes in Brackish water / Marine fisheries regularly.
- District Level
All the districts are having 1 Assistant Director of Fisheries as District
Officer. There are 5 Asst. Directors of Fisheries in Zone-I, 8 in Zone -II,
5 in Zone-III, 6 in Zone -IV, 4 in Zone -V and 6 in Zone VI. Total of Nos 34.
- Training Institutes
There are 5 training institutes. The Institute at Kakinada was upgraded as
State Institute of Fisheries Technology under World Bank assisted Agriculture
Human Resources Development scheme in 1995. The Principal is the head of the
Institute and he is in the cadre of Additional Director of Fisheries. The
faculty consists of Dy. Director - 1, Asst. Director-6 and other supporting
staff. There is principal in the cadre of Asst. Director of Fisheries at Marine
Fisheries Training Institute Machilipatnam. There are 3 Inland Fisheries Training
Centres at Warangal, Kurnool and Badampudi (W. G. Dist). There is a Coastal
Aquaculture demonstration Centre at Polekurru in E. G. Dist with Asst. Director
of Fisheries & supporting staff.
The breakup of officers who assist the Commissioner of Fisheries
is as follows
| Staff - Designation
|| Number of employees
| Addl. Director of Fisheries
| Joint Director of fisheries
| Dy. Director of fisheries
| Asst. Director
| Asst. Director of Fisheries
| Accounts officer
| Asst. Director (Admin.)
| Asst. Director (Stat.)
| Executive Engineer
| Dy. Registrar