Bhubaneswar: The State fisheries minister, Arun Kumar Sahoo, said that fish production in Odisha has gone up by 60% over last five years.

The minister, while addressing the State-level function of 66th All India Cooperative Week 2019 observation, said that the fish cooperative societies have to strive for achieving a blue revolution in Odisha. The function was organised jointly by Odisha State Fisheries Cooperative Corporation Ltd. and Fishcofed. A workshop on “Development of Fishermen through Cooperatives” was also oranised.

The cooperation minister, Ranendra Pratap Swain, said that the fish cooperative societies have to adopt modern fishing practice to exploit the deep sea along the 480 km coastline of the State.

The Fishfed president, T Prasad Rao Dora, presided over the function and fisheries and animal husbandry secretary R Raghuprasad, chief executive of National Cooperative Federation, New Delhi, N Satyanaryan, Fiscofed managing director Bimal Mishra, and Fishfed managing director Umesh Kumar Mohanty also spoke on the occasion.

Nine fish cooperative societies and some retired officers were felicitated on this occasion. Thirty fishermen were given Rs 10,000 each under Fishfed Kanya Ratna Yojana.

Earlier, the fisheries minister inaugurated an exhibition organised on this occasion.