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Report Fish Disease App


The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying will launch the Report Fish Disease (RFD) App at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.


GS II: Health

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About the Report Fish Disease App
  2. About Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

About the Report Fish Disease App:

  • The app aims to strengthen the farmer-based disease reporting system and improve the reporting of aquatic animal diseases in India.
  • It has been developed by ICAR-NBFGR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources) under the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD).
  • The app is funded under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana, which is a scheme by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India.
Benefits of the App:
  • Farmers can use the app to report disease incidents in finfish, shrimps, and molluscs on their farms to field-level officers and fish health experts.
  • This facilitates the farmers in receiving scientific advice for effectively managing the diseases.
  • The app stores data about diseases on temporal and spatial scales, enabling the mapping of disease cases.
  • It supports farmers in improving their reporting process, accessing scientific advice, and reducing losses caused by diseases, thereby contributing to increased income for farmers.

About Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana

  • Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) was launched in 2020 to bring about Blue Revolution through the sustainable development of the fisheries sector over a period of five years (2020-2025).
  • It is an umbrella scheme to develop the fisheries sector with a total outlay of Rs. 20050 crores.

It has two components

  • The Central Sector Scheme (CS) component with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and a Beneficiary oriented scheme (Central Assistance for General Category – 40%; SC/ST/Women – 60%).
  • Central Sponsored Scheme (CSS) component also with a non-beneficiary-oriented scheme and Beneficiary oriented scheme. The different break-ups of funding are: Central Assistance for Northeastern States – 90%, Other States – 60%; and UTs – 100%.
The areas expected to be covered by the PMMSY are:
  • Fish production
  • Fisheries productivity
  • Quality of fisheries and aquaculture sectors
  • Post-harvest infrastructure and management
  • Modernization of value chain
  • Welfare of the fishers and fish farmers
  • Fisheries management framework
Insurance coverage:

The insurance coverage provided under the PMMSY includes

  • Rs.5,00,000/- against accidental death or permanent total disability,
  • Rs.2,50,000/- for permanent partial disability
  • Hospitalization expenses in the event of accident for a sum of Rs. 25,000/-.
The objectives of the PMMSY are:
  • Develop fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
  • Harness the potential of fisheries sector in a sustainable, responsible, inclusive and equitable manner
  • Efficient use of land and water resources to enhance fish production and productivity.
  • Modernize value chain considering post-harvest management and quality improvement.
  • Double fishers and fish farmers’ incomes
  • Generate employment in the fisheries sector.
  • Enhance fisheries sector’s contribution to overall agricultural Gross Value Added (GVA) and exports.
  • Provide social, economic and physical security to fish farmers and fishermen.
  • Develop a robust fisheries management and regulatory framework.

-Source: Indian Express, PIB

June 2024