MPEDA discusses ways of boosting exports with Gujarat’s seafood industry stakeholders

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, organized a first-of-its-kind interaction with stakeholders from the seafood sector in Gujarat in Somnath on Thursday as part of its efforts to increase the share of value added products in marine exports from 17 percent to 30 percent.
Gujarat state government officials, aquaculture farmers, exporters and hatchery owners were among those who participated in the meeting, a press release from MPEDA said.
As many as 20 aquaculture farmers participated in the event, which also offered a platform for them to establish direct linkages with exporters.
MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak said that such meetings would benefit farmers directly and keep intermediaries out of the scene.
“Seafood export in 2016-17 reached a record 5.8 billion US dollars. The trends in the ongoing financial year are just as encouraging, with a projected increase of 10 per cent to 12 per cent,” Dr. Jayathilak told the meeting.
MPEDA has formed 600 farmer clusters across the country under the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA).
“These clusters are completely under the guidance of MPEDA and they will help us to export quality marine products. Moreover, the set-up is such that it provides 100 per cent traceability to quality issues in the farms. Such initiatives will help give a major fillip to the export of quality seafood,” Dr. Jayathilak added. 
Observing the prospects of the seafood export industry, Dr. Ajay Kumar, District Collector, Veraval said the district administration would extend every kind of support possible to enhance the sea food trade from the state.
Mr  Piyushbhai Fofandi of All India Sea Food Exporters Association also spoke during the event.
The formal meeting was followed by buyer-seller interactions, the release added.


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