Consultancy study of Fisheries Marketing Development

Fish is important sources of cholesterol free protein to non-vegetarians. Maharashtra State has the coastline of around 720 km and the marine fish production of the state is 4.10 lakhs tonnes. Besides this the State has 1.30 lakhs tonnes of inland fish production. There is water spread of over 3.20 lakhs ha. under inland water bodies. Inland fisheries development has therefore tremendous potential. In addition to this the GoM has taken massive program of digging of farm tanks under the program of water and soil conservation and these tanks are increasingly being used for growing of fish by the farmers in the State.
 
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Fish is important sources of cholesterol free protein to non-vegetarians. Maharashtra State has the coastline of around 720 km and the marine fish production of the state is 4.10 lakhs tonnes. Besides this the State has 1.30 lakhs tonnes of inland fish production. There is water spread of over 3.20 lakhs ha. under inland water bodies. Inland fisheries development has therefore tremendous potential. In addition to this the GoM has taken massive program of digging of farm tanks under the program of water and soil conservation and these tanks are increasingly being used for growing of fish by the farmers in the State.
 
To address some of the issues and other gaps and to enhance the production of fish GoI has launched National Fisheries Development Program (NFDP). Maharashtra is going to be one of the States getting benefit under the program. The outcome / results of NFDP would be known only after around 2 years. In the light of NFDP, what needs to be done in Fisheries Marketing Development in the State under MACP, needs to studied. It is therefore proposed to undertake study of fisheries marketing investments which can be included under MACP. This study will be conducted by consultant under the overall supervision of ABPF. This study would be undertaken early during MACP implementation and reviewed at the point of Mid-Term-Review of the project and WB in consultation with GoM will decide the possible inclusion of activities for fisheries marketing development in MACP during the later years of implementation of project. ToR for consultant will be drawn by ABPF  with the support of PCU.  ABPF  and PCU will take the technical oversight role over this study; contracting will be the responsibility of the PCU.
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