Phase Five of Sagar Parikrama to start from Raigad on May 17, culminate in Goa

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Raigad/Panaji: The Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has announced the commencement of Phase-V of the Sagar Parikrama initiative starting from Raigad in Maharashtra on May 17.

A senior official said that the initiative which will start on May 17 at Raigad will end on May 19 at Canacona. He said that the journey aims to address the challenges faced by fishers and stakeholders while uplifting their economic prospects through various fisheries schemes and programs, such as Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) & Kisan Credit Cards (KCC).

Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala, along with esteemed dignitaries and officials from various governmental bodies and organizations, will participate in the event

The official said that Sagar Parikrama, symbolizes solidarity with fisherfolk, fish farmers, and concerned stakeholders, commemorating the spirit of the 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and honoring our freedom fighters, sailors, and fishers. Having successfully completed four phases, covering 19 locations in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, this unprecedented initiative continues to garner support from all stakeholders.

The Phase-V journey will encompass six locations across the states of Maharashtra and Goa: Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg Districts in Maharashtra, and Vasco, Mormugao, and Canacona in Goa.

Maharashtra, with its extensive 720 km coastline, presents immense potential in marine fisheries, contributing 82 per cent to the state’s fish production. The coastal state of Goa, bestowed with a 104 km coastline, holds fish as a staple diet for over 90 per cent of its population, making it an integral part of Goan life and culture.

During the journey, fishermen, coastal fishers, fish farmers, and young fishery entrepreneurs will receive certificates and sanctions related to the PMMSY, KCC, and State Schemes. Literature on PMMSY scheme, state schemes, e-shram, Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund, KCC, among others, will be extensively promoted through print and electronic media, videos, and digital campaigns.

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