It is a Mega Externally Aided Project in Pipeline..........
JICA’s assistance towards fisheries development in Assam
Fishery Department had submitted one externally aided project entitled “Assam Fisheries Development and Livelihood Project” in the month of Nov, 2017 to the Ministry of DoNER , Government of India through the State Finance Department. The project is proposed to be financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for three years (From the year 2017 to 2020) with total allocation of Rs. 3391.50 Cr. The basic goal of the project is to make the State self sufficient in table fish production by 2021-22 and thereby increase fish intake by the people of the State, to ensure supply of cheapest source of protein to them as well as create more additional employment in rural areas through fisheries.
The total unemployment is about 18 lakh indicating an alarming feature of the State’s unemployment scenario. It is hoped that the proposed externally aided project with JICA assistance will help to a great extent for overall fulfilment of unemployment scenario in the State.
The State of Assam is endowed with vast fishery resources in the form of River, Beel /Oxbow lake, Forest Fisheries, Derelict /low-lying area, Reservoirs, Pond & Tanks covering total water spread area of over 2.85 lakh ha excluding riverine fisheries. More than 95% of total population of the State consume fish. Thus, there is tremendous scope for scientific development/ management of the sector so as to make the sector as one of the important sources of income & employment/ livelihood generation, revenue earning, nutrition & food security in the State.
In the above back ground and to minimize poaching and encouraging family fish farming for production of fish by each family and reaching fish production up to minimum 3000kg/ha/year from the existing production of 1200kg/ha/yea and to receive nutritional fish protein by the villagers from their own ponds and local community tanks. Department has accordingly formulated the project with the following major components (subject to modification during final DPR submission to the JICA)
Fishery Department has already received clearance from the Ministry of DoNER, Agriculture and Framers Welfare, External Affairs, Home Affairs and Economic Affairs with with some comments (Copy enclosed) where Deptt. has already shared views, etc. with the concerned Ministries. As a result, the project has already been included in the JICA’s Rolling Plan as communicated by the Ministry of Finance , GoI vide their Lr. No- F.-1/4/2017/Japan-1 Dated 24.7.2017.