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Pact with Malaysian body to develop fresh water fish

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on November 14, 2017 Published on March 05, 2012

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has entered into an agreement with the Malaysia-based international body INFOFISH for the development and marketing of freshwater fish in India. Post-harvest technology and value addition have not yet received much attention in the domestic freshwater aquaculture sector.

The effort to transfer technology in the culture in fresh water fishes, processing and marketing for production and export of value-added products is the first of its kind in India, a press release from MPEDA said.

The three-year project has four main components: market/product studies, technology transfer, investment promotion and capacity building and dissemination.

The agreement was signed between Mr B. Sreekumar, Secretary, MPEDA, and Dr Mohammed Ayub, Director, INFOFISH, at a separate function on the sidelines of the just-concluded India International Seafood Show 2012 at Chennai. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Leena Nair, Chairperson, MPEDA, described the agreement as a path breaking project which would enable India to increase its freshwater fish export potential.

While Indian fisheries sector has made rapid strides in domestic and export markets, its aquaculture is mostly centred around saline water species, especially shrimps and cephalopods. India is the second largest aquaculture producer in the world.

Fresh water aquaculture production in India has registered remarkable growth in recent decades although production consists mainly of Indian major carps, which accounts for 70 per cent of the total production.

Production of value added products in freshwater fishes for export market is one of the potential avenue to expand our exports, MPEDA said.

It was envisaged that the new project would give a specific and focused attention to the development of value added products from freshwater fishes and enable marketing to various destinations.

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Published on March 05, 2012
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