Q. Consider the following statements regarding the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY):
1. It will be implemented over a period of 5 years from FY 2020-21 to FY 2024-25 in all States/Union Territories.
2. More than 50% of the total estimated investment of the PMMSY is earmarked for creation and up-gradation of fisheries infrastructure facilities.
3. The scheme plans to reduce post-harvest losses from the present high of 25% to about 10% by modernizing and strengthening value chain.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] 3 only

Answer: C
Notes:

The Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) aims to enhance fish production to 220 lakh metric tons by 2024-25 from 137.58 lakh metric tons in 2018-19 at an average annual growth rate of about 9%.  

  • The union minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh, said the ambitious scheme will result in doubling export earnings to Rs.1,00,000 crore and generate about 55 lakhs direct and indirect employment opportunities in fisheries sector over a period of next five years.  
  • Dedicating the PMMSY to fishers, fish farmers, fish workers, fish vendors and other stakeholders associated with the fisheries sector, Shri Giriraj Singh said that insurance coverage for fishing vessels is being introduced for the first time. 
  • The PMMSY will be implemented over a period of 5 years from FY 2020-21 to FY 2024-25 in all States/Union Territories. 
  • The Fisheries Minister said that about 42% of the total estimated investment of the PMMSY is earmarked for creation and upgradation of fisheries infrastructure facilities.  
  • Focus areas include Fishing Harbours and Landing Centers, Post-harvest and Cold Chain Infrastructure, Fish Markets and Marketing Infrastructure, Integrated Modern Coastal Fishing Villages and Development of Deep-sea Fishing.  
  • Besides creating critical fisheries infrastructure by attracting private investments in fisheries sector, the scheme plans to reduce post-harvest losses from the present high of 25% to about 10% by modernizing and strengthening value chain.  
  • Under the Swath Sagar plan, activities envisaged with a view to modernize the fisheries sector include promotion of Bio-toilets, Insurance coverage for fishing vessels, Fisheries Management Plans, E-Trading/Marketing, Fishers and resources survey and creation of National IT-based databases. 

Source: The Hindu