TSUNAMI HITS INDIA’S MARINE EXPORTS
Date : 02 Mar 2005
Location : New Delhi
The Tsunami has adversely impacted on India’s marine products exports. The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has furnished some preliminary information to the government giving the likely fall in exports as the result of the Tsunami. It has been reported that the Tsunami has caused extensive damages to the infrastructure for fishing such as boats, nets and landing jetties, which is likely to affect the landing of fish and exports as well.
Government has been taking necessary steps to build up infrastructure facilities. The government has also through MPEDA has been implementing a number of schemes to boost the exports of marine products. These schemes include schemes for extending financial assistance to the seafood processing industry; steps to upgrade processing facilities to meet international standards of hygiene and quality; expansion of aquaculture; imparting training to aquaculture farmers to adopt sound management practices to prevent outbreak of diseases; assistance to produce value-added products for export; marketing support etc.