EXPORT OF MARINE PRODUCTS
Date : 12 Dec 2003
Location : New Delhi
India is one of the leading exporters of marine products to the global export market. India occupied 16th position among the top exporting countries of the world during 2001 as per statistics published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation. In order to further increase the exports, government have taken several steps, which 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 exports; participation by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) in international fairs; conducting overseas market surveys etc.
The government have issued guidelines for operation of Indian owned deep sea fishing vessels in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) on 1-11-2002. The guidelines allow import of deep sea fishing vessels by Indian companies for operation in the Indian EEZ for boosting our production mainly directed to exports.
This was stated by Shri S. B. Mookherjee, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.