Telangana government has signed an agreement with the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) to boost its export–oriented aquaculture.
The MOU involves setting up a multi-species aquaculture centre with the state government’s funding. The facility will consist of hatcheries, nurseries and training centres for export-oriented aquaculture species.
The pact also envisages providing technical assistance to set up an aquatic quarantine facility at Hyderabad airport through MPEDA society named Rajiv Gandhi centre for aquaculture (RGCA), besides extending technical and financial assistance for a chilled and live fish-handling facility at the same place.
MPEDA will also assist the Telangana government in formulating a cage culture policy for promoting export-oriented aquaculture in the water bodies of the state. To build the capacity of farmers in adopting better management practices, MPEDA will organise the farmers into clusters under the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA).
The MoU was signed in the presence of Talasani Srinivasa Yadav, Telangana minister for animal husbandry, dairy development & Fisheries by Sandeep Kumar Sulatania , secretary of the ministry and MPEDA chairman K S Srinivas.
Telangana has the country’s third-largest inland water resource base for fisheries with 77 large, medium and minor reservoirs and as many as 24,189 tanks with 5.7 lakh ha water spread area suitable for fisheries. Aquaculture is being carried out in more than 1,000-hectares.
Aqua Aquaria India 2019, the three-day seafood show will be held at Hyderabad from August 30. The meet is expected to see a participation of around 5000 national and international delegates.
“Telangana has already realised the importance of development of export-oriented aquaculture. The upcoming meet will enrich the state’s food security and further promote,”said Srinivas.