The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has ambitious plans to achieve over 28 per cent growth in fish production this financial year, mainly by promoting inland fisheries and aquaculture.

The board plans to achieve this growth by promoting fish consumption and encouraging inland aquaculture and exports by improving the marketing infrastructure within the country.

India is the second largest fish and other sea food producer in the world after China by contributing 5.7 to the world’s total production, Chief Executive of NFDB M.V. Rao stated at a press conference here on Monday. There was a huge potential for aquaculture growth in the country since it had about 8,100 km coastline, he said.

Stating that fish and other sea food production in the country was 9.06 million tonnes in 2012-13 Mr. Rao said that they were targeting 11.6 million tonnes production this year by encouraging inland fish and aquaculture on a large-scale.

Explaining the NFDB’s focus areas for growth, he said they were also working on to save fishermen from the clutches of middlemen.

Better handling and storage facilities would considerably reduce about 30 to 40 per cent wastage of production as in case of fruits and vegetables, the NFDB Chief Executive said adding that there was huge potential for export of sea food to European Union, Japan and the Middle East. In Hyderabad, they were setting up four fish markets at Kukatpally, Begum Bazar, Domalguda and Nacharam.