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Kerala must host international summit on fishing: Suresh Prabhu

IANS  |  Kochi 

Union Commerce & Industry on Saturday urged to host an international summit on fishing for the crucial sector to make a steady development in the coastal state.

"The Centre will provide all the support needed for such a summit that can feature exports to countries like Korea and that are major consumers of Indian seafood. Value added products will play an increasingly decisive role in the growth of the fishing sector.

"is aiming at a 60-million-dollar turnover of agricultural exports in the next five years. The fish farmers should eye the international market and fulfill international business parameters," he said, while inaugurating a pioneering multi-species complex built by the (MPEDA) at near here.

Spread over nine acres, the Rs 7.26 crore state-of-the-art unit facilitates production of from disease-free breeds, featuring a hatchery for black tiger shrimps and six nurseries.

The project will cater to the demand from farmers in as well as the neighbouring states.

The asked fish farmers to rely on sustainable technology, adding that MPEDA will offer help on this front.

"India's fishing sector is facing multiple problems, also owing to climate change. That gives fresh vitality to using inland water-bodies. Exports should be the ultimate aim of each and they should ensure that the aquaculture produce is sustainable and meets the export quality norms. MPEDA will offer all kinds of assistance in this direction," said Prabhu.

Fisheries said the will boost Kerala's fishing sector.

"Aquaculture in the state should focus more on inland water-bodies," the Minister said.



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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 20:10 IST