The Center for Strategy and Leadership (CSL), a leading Indian think tank, has released a whitepaper calling for the adoption of modern digital technologies to be a priority to stimulate growth in the fisheries sector and address the challenges that come with it.
The CSL whitepaper – “IoT in the Fisheries Sector in India” – discusses the importance of new technologies for India to achieve optimal green growth in the fisheries sector. It focuses on how technologies like IoT optimize the management of scarce resources and increase the productivity of the entire Indian fishing industry.
The fisheries sector provides about 160 lakh (1.60.00,000) people at the primary level for a living and almost twice as many along its entire value chain. India is the second largest fish producer in the world and contributes 5.43 percent to world fish production.
Unfortunately, the fisheries sector is currently facing three major challenges: ensuring the safety of fishermen at sea, maintaining national security by monitoring international borders and prioritizing fishing as a robust industry. Without the consistent use of digitization and advanced technology, these challenges will persist and represent obstacles to productivity, growth and security in the long term.
Commenting on the results of the white paper, Vikas Sharma, Director and Chief Executive, Center for Strategy & Leadership said: “India, with 65 percent of the population under 35, is the most enviable workforce in the world. According to studies, the IoT sector will grow to a market of more than $ 20 billion by 2022. We believe that India’s fisheries sector, which is currently in the midst of a transformation, would benefit greatly from adopting modern technologies such as IoT on the path to job creation through an inclusive strategy of public and private partnerships. “
The white paper also indicates that disruptive technologies such as those provided by Skylo, an end-to-end solution that connects machine and sensor data via satellite, are critical to meeting the needs of fishermen, boat owners and regulators to meet innovations in industry.
Parthsarathi Trivedi, Co-Founder and CEO of Skylo, said: “Digitization and connectivity are key to achieving our Prime Minister’s goal of doubling fisheries production as part of the Blue Revolution. Technology will transform the fisheries sector in three ways: safety, productivity and sustainability. At the heart of this transformation is access to data and cloud-based analytics for disconnected fishing vessels and aquafarms. “
Improvements in digital technologies now enable innovative monitoring tools to better manage fish stocks at every stage of the value chain. High costs and the lack of trained staff have hampered the progress of technology adoption. These challenges in the fisheries sector can be addressed through a unified use of technology that makes it easy and affordable for fishermen to deploy solutions.
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The paper suggests that all actors in the value chain need to be involved in the decision-making process, from fishermen to boat owners to government organizations. New technologies must be applied gradually in order to better adapt to changes.