State of Odisha is bestowed with Inland, Brackish Water and Marine resources and the Fisheries activity is prominent in the State. Marine and Inland fisheries sectors offer a vast scope for development and investment in a number of projects. Along with various Centrally Sponsored Schemes and Centrally Plan Schemes, the State Government on its own has initiated various activities for welfare of fishermen as well as increasing the fish production of the State. The plan, programme and policies of Fisheries Sector are carried out through the Directorate of Fisheries, Odisha. The Directorate of Fisheries, Odisha was created in the year 1956 to look after all-round development of Fisheries activities in the State. It is basically a service sector and extension oriented technical Department, which promotes scientific aquaculture in the state and look after the welfare of Fisher folk.
Livestock products account for more than 20 % of the total value of agricultural output. Livestock production, furthermore, is partially rural based, contributing significantly to food security and sustainability, in addition to livestock performing a number of social, economic and cultural roles and functions in these areas. Livestock food products are major contributors to a balanced diet.