`Aqua show' on ornamental fish in Kochi

CHENNAI Nov. 7. An `aqua show' aimed at tapping the immense potential offered by the growing national and international trade in ornamental fish will be held in Kochi from December 29.

The Kerala Minister for Fisheries and Tourism, K.V. George, who was in Chennai to launch a media and business campaign, said the eight-day show was India's first international exhibition of ornamental fish and accessories. The Kerala Fisheries department and the State Fisheries Resources Management Society, in association with the Union Ministry of Agriculture, were the organisers. The event would facilitate sharing of information on trends, processes and technologies. It would also encourage external entrepreneurs to collaborate and have tie-ups with local breeders and entrepreneurs.

In the run-up to the show, the Kerala Fisheries department was holding business meetings in Chennai and Mumbai (on November 12) to encourage participation by entrepreneurs and ornamental fish traders.

A two-day seminar on the problems and prospects of aquaculture development with the focus on ornamental fish and a one-day seminar on products and technologies would be held during the eight-day show.

The Director of Fisheries (Kerala), Suresh Kumar, said participants were from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, the Maldives and Singapore, besides exporters and importers from India and abroad.

The Tamil Nadu Minister for Fisheries, M. Radhakrishnan, the Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, M. Madhavan Nambiar and the Director of Fisheries, M.P. Nirmala, interacted with traders and business representatives.

Representing the Marine Products Export Development Authority, Sakthivel, said ornamental fish breeding and export were a billion-dollar opportunity for entrepreneurs in the country.

Markets in Japan and the U.S. were expanding for the huge variety of coloured ornamental fish bred at homes and farms in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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