Export of seafood from Odisha is 3000 crores

Bhubaneswar: Due to the market downturn, seafood exports from Odisha have reached Rs 3000 crore in the year 2018-19. This was known from the meeting of Sea Food Exporters Association of India (Odisha Region) addressed by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi here last evening.
Association President Dr. Kamlesh Mishra said, “This has been possible due to the convenience and publicity policies of the government over the years.”
Considering the proposals made by the association for the progress of aquifers in Odisha, Chief Secretary Tripathi directed the Department of Fisheries and Animal Resources (F & ARD) to speed up electricity and road connectivity to all the identified groups. Tripathi said, “Since there is a lot of scope for generating employment and increasing economic activities at the grassroots level in the region. The government is committed to provide infrastructural support to make it more competitive in the international market. “
Secretary F&ARD R. Raghu Prasad mentioned, “107 number of brackish aquaculture clusters have been identified in various places of the State mostly along the continental shelf. Out of this, 19 clusters have been taken up for development in the first phase”. Odisha Space Application Center through satellite imagery has identified around 3000 hectors of land suitable for brackishwater aquaculture. Chief Secretary Tripathy directed to prepare a timeline for power and road connectivity to all these clusters. Director Fisheries N. Thirumala Nayak said, “Odisha seafood finds its major market in Eastern Europe, Japan, I China, Middle East and southeastern Asian countries.”
The issues relating to creation of captive aqua culture farms for the exporters, value addition and product innovation in the sector, early release of subsidy to the farmers and exporters, development of road connectivity, land allotment in sea Food Park, establishment of viral test and quality certification lab etc were discussed in the meeting. The executive members of the association expressed their concern about shifting of DGFT office from Odisha to Kolkata. They emphatically mentioned that the office had been operating in Odisha since the last three decades. It’s shifting to Kolkata would create more difficulties for Odisha exporters in the days to come.
Chief Secretary Tripathy interacted with individual exporters to know their problems and gave necessary instructions to the department for early resolution. Tara Patnaik, Chairperson Falcon Group of Companies along with members of Sea Food Exporters Association of India participated in the deliberations.

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