Odisha’s Seafood Exports Reach Rs 3000 Crore

The Sea Food Exporter’s Association of India (Odisha Region) meeting headed by Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, revealed that the seafood export from Odisha reached Rs 3,000 crore during the financial year 2018-19, with its major markets being Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Middle East, and Southeast Asian countries. Association President Dr Kamalesh Mishra commended the government’s promotional policies that helped achieve this mark.

Keeping in mind the association’s proposal for the development of brackishwater aquaculture, the Fisheries and Animal Resource Department (F&ARD) was directed to expedite power and road connectivity to all the identified clusters.

“Since the sector has vast scope for employment generation and enhancing of economic activity at the ground level, the Government is committed to provide infrastructural support to the sector for making it more competitive in the international market,” said the Chief Secretary.

As said by F and ARD Secretary R Raghu Prasad, a total of 107 brackish aquaculture clusters have been identified in various places. 19 clusters have been taken up for development in the first phase. Around 3000 hectors of land suitable for brackishwater aquaculture has been identified by the Odisha Space Application Center through satellite imagery.

The topic of shifting the DGFT office from Odisha to Kolkata was also discussed by the executive members in the meeting.

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