International meet to be conducted from Feb.8

The prestigious international meeting on aquaculture and the culture of ornamental fish, “Aqua Aquaria India 2013”, is being held here by the Marine Products Development Authority (MPEDA) because Andhra Pradesh is the number one producer of shrimp in the country.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday MPEDA secretary B.Sreekumar, director (marketing) N.Ramesh and director P.Mohan Sundarama, said that 70 per cent of the shrimp production of the country was from farms in Andhra Pradesh. In the last financial year 1.5 lakh tonnes of shrimp were cultivated in the country. This year (till December end), two lakh tonnes of shrimp has been cultivated and the share of Andhra shrimp farms was 1.6 lakh tonnes, they said.

Mr Ramesh giving more figures said the foreign exchange the country earned from shrimp export last financial year was dollars 3.5 billion (the earnings after conversion into rupees was Rs 16,000 crore).

This year the productivity was higher, but the earnings were lower because of a fall in dollar realisation.

Mr Mohana Sundaram said India was on par with rival countries Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, but the shrimp produced in India were larger in size (16 to 20 count) and fetched more foreign exchange.

The MPEDA officials said that the aquaculture and ornamental fish expo would be held at the Andhra Loyola College grounds from February 8 to 10.

An exhibition with 150 stalls will be opened to the public from February 9. Those interested in seeing the exhibition would have to pay an entry fee of Rs 100 and the entry fee for students was just Rs 25, they said. Deputy Director and head of the MPEDA regional office located in Vijayawada Sampath Kumar was present.

  • Of 2 lakh tonnes of shrimp cultivated till Dec-end, share of Andhra is 1.6 lakh tonnes

  • Foreign exchange earned from shrimp export last financial year was $ 3.5 billion