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Existing Indian Fisheries Schemes to be Reviewed

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INDIA - The Indian agriculture ministry will be reviewing all existing schemes in the fisheries sector to ensure that they meet the requirements of fishermen and fish farmers and seek to address their concerns.

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The Indian Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, while meeting a delegation of fishermen representatives from different states of the country, said that all issues pertaining to fishermen will be looked into.

A fishermen delegation also presented a copy of National Policy on Fishing and Fishermen to the minister.

The fisherman representative apprised the minister of the problems being faced by fishermen who were jailed and whose boats are confiscated by the authorities of neighbouring nations, the agriculture ministry said in a statement on June 17, 2014.

It was told that the existing schemes meant to help such fishermen need to be fully implemented.

Similarly, many fishermen are not able to avail of the benefits of schemes during the fishing ban period.

The fishermen also requested that the diesel subsidy may be revived for the fishing boats.

Coastal fishermen representatives mentioned that the destructive fishing methods and gear should be controlled and the use of solar technology for the boats may also be looked into.

The minister directed the concerned officials to discuss the issues with the fishermen and their representatives and find short and long term solutions to these issues, the statement added.