The next big thing in Indian agriculture is set to come from the Eastern Coast. Odisha is the fourth largest fish-producing state in the country, contributing to 2.33% of the state economy. But Cyclone Fani of 2019 and the ones that followed have had a massive impact on the lives of the fishermen. With the fish population in Chilika Lake dropping by almost 40%, there is a need for an alternate income source for the fishers.
India has the potential to produce around 9.7 million tons of seaweed per year, says the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. The Indian government has come up with a package of 640 crores to promote seaweed cultivation of up to 1.12 million tons by 2025.
Dr. Dinabandhu Sahu has led research on microalgae and seaweeds for the past 30 years. He believes algae is the future for coastal India and has the potential to be a great source of income for people near Chilika.
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