The total fish production in India as of now is 12.59 Million Tonnes (MoA- 2017 Pib), second largest producer in the world. Where our neighbour china produces 10 times more than India. So our target mission is to increase three fold in production in the next five years in a phased manner by introducing new technology like cage culture.
The literacy rate among fisher folk in maritime states of India was found to be 64%(2011 census) as against all India literacy rate of 74.04%. So NAF sets the mission to achieve 100% literacy in next 10 years.
A separate fishery development bank to be created on par with NABARD separating the fishery from NABARD to meet the funding facilities of fisher folks exclusively.
All over the country, the fish culture and fish catching rights in the lakes, ponds, rivers etc., should be given exclusively to fisherman community on first priority basis. So NAF works for the entitlement of fishing rights to fisherman.
In many states fishing communities do not even possess land titles in coastal areas despite they are growing in numbers across the coast. So NAF continuously works to bring the creation of “Traditional Coastal and Marine Fisher Folk(protection of rights act)” to recognise the land and occupational rights of fisherman. Also to study the present situation a task force may be constituted and such work can be allocated to NAF.
According to Swaminathan committee the government should not to allow destruction of mangroves, as they are difficult to be rejuvenated also the mangrove forest provide natural barrier in case of cyclones and Tsunamis. So NAF works for sustainable development and protection of environment.
The participation of the fisherman community in the legislature, executive and Judiciary was nearly less than one percentage. In a democratic set-up, every individual and community has a legitimate aspiration and right to participate in ruling the country. So NAF train the young aspirants to get participate in the system.
The Mandal commission report on backward class had insisted that fisherman communities are suffering from the stigma of untouchability. So the commission recommends to carve out the areas of their Concentration into separate constituencies at the time of delimitation.
The Mandal commission also suggested that the fisherman community listed as other backward classes(OBC) shall be included in the list of scheduled tribes. The same was recommended by the M.S.Swaminatham committee in his final frontier report. NAF work in this line in all aspects to achieve this agenda.
The coastal ecosystem and biodiversity is the backbone of fisherman community where NAF has moral responsibility to conserve the ecosystem with sustainable development through research and analysis.
Creating awareness on rights of the fisherman on coastal and marine fishery and making him to know the moral responsibility for the protection of such rights.
Promotion of women empowerment and child development through education and bringing gender equality in the society.
Introduction of world class technology and advancement in the fishing sector for increasing the production and also protecting the community from natural disasters like cyclone and Tsunamis.
Creating reservation of seats for fisherman folks in India navy, Indian coast Guard, Shipping corporation of India and Dredging corporation of India where the fisherman is naturally fit for such rough environment.
Providing awareness on competitive exams to the fisherman community and ensuring the participation of the people in legislative, executive and judiciary for the governance of the country.
Imparting skills and technology in development of Inland fishing and aquaculture through research and seminars.
Establishing Marine food parks at various parts of the country that consisting of complete supply chain from fishing, value addition process, financing and exports.
Lobbying government to create primary health centres for each fishing villages.
Ensuring each fishing village consists of high schools with adequate play ground, library for increasing literacy among fisher folks. And also requesting government to create separate scholarship program for the higher education of fishing community.
Every fisherman must be provided with Rs.20lakh of accidental insurance and 10 lakh of medical insurance at free of cost.
Modernising the fishing harbour with all basic amenities like (Net mending hall, Auction hall, Cold Storage, Shore Port office, Shore repair workshop, Port conservator, Generator set, Fuel filling Station, Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant, Effluent Treatment Plant, Retail shop, Canteen, Iceplant, Firestation, Restroom, Parking unit, Boat construction yard).
To conduct a nationwide survey of the fishing community to understand their social and economic status and upliftment of the society.
More the 50% of the Indian population dependent on agrarian economy where the importance of lakes, ponds and rivers are inevitable. Since independence India failed to do the desiltation of lakes, ponds and rivers which affects the livelihood of fishing community and agrarian society. In this regard NAF involves in various activities in desiltation of water bodies.
Government should undertake dredging of canals and rivers, channels, streams for the free movement of fishing boats.
Identification of the boys and girls from fishing community who are showing excellence in sports and providing them adequate training and support and making them to. participate in national and international sports.