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State leads on aquaculture front, says Purandeswari

Special Correspondent
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“With 10,000 registered farms, Krishna district’s contribution is immense”

Water world:Visitors admiring ornamental fish on display at the aqua exhibition at Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada on Friday. —Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Water world:Visitors admiring ornamental fish on display at the aqua exhibition at Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada on Friday. —Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari said on Friday that it was a matter of pride for Andhra Pradesh as it was in the forefront of aquaculture.

Krishna district too was in the forefront with 10,000 registered aquaculture farms and it was in the fitness of things that MPEDA had chosen Vijayawada for organising the expo.

Inaugurating the three-day expo here, she hoped that the exhibition and conference would be of use to farmers and exporters. MPEDA Chairman Leena Nair recalled how aqua farmers were badly affected by the white-spot disease.

The aquatic quarantine facility at Neelankarai, Chennai, was one of its kinds in the world, conforming to all the international quality standards for the introduction of L. Vannamei into the country. So far, one lakh L. Vannamei brood stock had been quarantined at a survival rate of 95 per cent.

The facility will be expanded with the capacity to quarantine 2.4 million brood stock per annum with funds from National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).

State Minister for Secondary Education K. Parthasarathy said the Irrigation Department should provide water to aquaculture farms just like they provide to the regular agriculture farms. The Minister also urged the Fisheries Department to review the lease agreements. He wanted MPEDA and the Fisheries Department to go to the aqua farmers to resolve their problems.

The Minister said that the State government was ready to take up fishing harbours wherever they were required. He said research on aquaculture should be scaled up to commercial level. He said sustainable aquaculture was “easier said then done.”

Kerala Agriculture University former Vice-chancellor E.G. Silas and current chairman of the MPEDA task force for preparation of the guidelines for Green Certification of Freshwater Ornamental Fishes explained the difficulty in developing new strains.

Glass podium

The glass podium which was in fact an aquarium for ornamental fish was a big hit with the speakers and the audience.

Ms. Purandeswari and Principal Secretary for Fisheries Manmohan Singh complimented Ms. Nair for the effort which went into preparing the special podium.

Over 5,000 delegates who came to participate in the expo thronged the exhibition that had about 150 stalls. The theme pavilion of the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture was the biggest attraction at the exhibition. Live specimens of Silverline Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) YY Strain of Tilapia, Asian Seabass, and all-male Scampi developed at its Scampi Broodstock Development Project have been put on display in large tanks.


  • MPEDA Chairman Leena Nair recalls how aqua farmers are affected by white-spot disease

  • Irrigation Department should provide water to aquaculture farms too: Parthasarathy



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