January 23, 2014
India's Odisha fully supports local shrimp industry
Odisha State chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra instructed concerned departments to favour local fish firms operating in the area, providing them with financial and infrastructural support, after the boost in shrimp production in 2012-13.
Land lease policy, provision of subsidy for aquaculture equipment, low power tariff for fishing firms, subsidy for establishment of cold stores, cold chain and reefer vehicles, among others, have already been enacted by the Government, as well as the upgradation of Biju Pattanik Airport to international status to enhance the export potential of chilled fish and live fish.
"This policy is very critical for the aquaculture sector. But there must be monitoring at the level of the Chief Secretary to oversee the implementation of the policy," said a functionary of the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA.
Total shrimp production in the State has increased 25.91% in 2012-13 period and the growth in terms of value of this product is around 26.31%. Similarly, the vannamei shrimp production in the State has recorded a growth of 89.16% in the same interval.
At present, about 2.95% of population are engaged in fishing and contribution of fishery to Gross State Domestic Product is around 6%.
The area suitable for shrimp culture in Odisha is 32,000 hectares, of which 16,000 hectares have already been developed for shrimp culture.
Target has been set to make optimal use of the developed area in the coming years, which has production potential of 300,000 tonnes per year, the value of which in terms of export is around INR180 billion (US$2.9 billion).