Kochi, July 12 (IANS) Consequent to a drop in the catch of oil sardine from Indian coasts by 54 per cent, India's marine fish production in 2018 was recorded at 3.49 million tonnes, down by 347,000 tonnes compared to the previous year, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) said.
The data, which was released by Kochi-headquartered CMFRI on Friday, also showed Indian mackerel (284,000 tonnes) is the most landed marine fish in the country during the year followed by cephalopods (221,000 tonnes), non-penaeid prawns (194,000 tonnes), ribbon fish (194,000 tonnes) and penaeid prawns (184,000 tonnes). The catch of sardine dropped to 155,000 tonnes all over India, from 337,000 tonnes in 2017.
Sardine catch in West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra saw a drop of 201,000 tonnes, 95,000 tonnes and 86,000 tonnes, respectively.
Among the nine maritime states, Gujarat remained in the first position in the landings with 780,000 tonnes followed by Tamil Nadu (702,000 tonnes) and Kerala (643,000 tonnes).
CMFRI also pointed out that the estimate of the value of marine fish landings based on prices at landing centres across the country during 2018 was Rs 52,632 crore, with 0.4 per cent increase over 2017.
The Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the ICAR-CMFRI estimated the annual marine fish landings of the country through its online data collection system.
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) In what is seen as a major boost for the union territory (UT) of Ladakh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched winter grade diesel for the entire Ladakh region.
The Indian Oil Corp's (IOC) Panipat refinery has come up with a kind of diesel that can withstand the harsh winter conditions of the newly created UT where temperatures fall to sub zero of nearly -30 degree Celsius.
The winter grade diesel produced by Panipat Refinery for the first time has a pour point of - 33 degree C and does not lose its fluidity function even in the extreme winter weather of the region, unlike the normal grade of diesel which becomes exceedingly difficult to utilize. This winter grade diesel also meets BIS specification of the cleaner BS-VI grade diesel.
Amit Shah launched the supply of this special grade diesel in Ladakh via video conferencing from the national capital. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, were present on the occasion.
Shah said that this special diesel for Ladakh has been developed to address the problem of loss of fuel during extreme winter conditions. The project is said to have cost more than Rs 50,000 crore.
The first tank truck containing winter grade HSD has been flagged off from IOC's Panipat marketing complex. Subsequent supplies of such diesel would be sent from the Jalandhar Terminal to the Leh and Kargil depots to meet demands of customers in the Leh-Ladakh region during peak winters.