Gear up to face challenges of climate change: Pawar

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Kochi, Jan 4 (UNI) Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today urged scientists in the fisheries sector to re-dedicate themselves to confront the new challenges posed by threats like climate change, which would have a serious impact on marine food security.

Inaugurating the diamond jubilee celebrations of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) here, Mr Pawar said, ''we must move to a regime of fisheries management that does not compromise reconciliation of conservation and livelihood issues on one hand and national economic gains on the other.'' The Minister extolled the CMFRI's role in technological innovations like open sea mariculture and popularisation of mussel farming as an alternative livelihood options to the coastal fisherfolk.

Terming the fisheries sector a 'sunrise industry', Mr Pawar said the sector had high potential for rural development, employment generation and women empowerment.

Mr Pawar said the sector should be integrated with other industries to contribute towards a comprehensive and equitable economic growth.

He said the sector was instrumental in providing the nutritional demands of the people in a very cost-effective way.

Kerala Fisheries Minister S Sarma appreciated the efforts of scientists in providing vital inputs to the state's fisheries policies.

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