August 13, 2008


India's aquaculture output declines as exports fall

As India's seafood exports slump on depressed global market demand and high input costs, total aquaculture production has also declined to 133,422 tonnes which is a fall of Rs 9.41 billion (US$223.6 million) in value.


Total aquaculture production had decreased by 41,040 tonnes from last year, while total shrimp output also dropped by 26.5 percent compared to 2006-07. The fall in shrimp production was mainly due to diseases that had ravaged several shrimp farms.


The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has taken measures to boost production through geographic information systems (GIS) mapping for farm census and traceability, according to MPEDA chairman G Mohan Kumar.

According to Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) chairman G Mohan Kumar.


"Introduction of tilapia fish, cage farming of fin fish, assistance to societies and extension activities through the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture have also been taken up," he said.


Kumar said total seafood exports have dropped to 541,701 tonnes in 2007-08 compared to 612,641 tonnes in 2006-07.


Frozen shrimp continued to be the major export item, accounting for 52 percent of export value, followed by frozen fish with 17 percent.


The EU is the biggest importer of Indian seafood, accounting for 27.58 percent or 149,381 tonnes, followed by Japan with 12.44 percent or 67,373 tonnes.

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