Stepping up its efforts toprovide quality seeds for marine farming, The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has launched Self Sufficiency Project (SSP) at its Hatchery and Training Complex at Vallarpadam, to help the aqua farmers meet stringent quality norms and export their produce in international markets.

Under the project, nursery rearing facilities for Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) seeds have been set up for supply of quality seeds to the aqua farmers.

Union Commerce SecretaryRita Teaotia, while inaugurating the SSP here on Thursday, said there is an imperative need to provide best products as competition from other countries is increasing.

“Every aspect of the product which is going to the international markets has to be of best quality. This is the message that has to go to everyone along the value chain and not just the exporters. Good practices and ensuring the quality should be the cardinal principle,” she stressed