Hyderabad/Kochi, Jul 18 : Telangana is set to boost its export-oriented aquaculture, as the Government has tied up with the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).
A Memorandum of Understanding in this regard was signed in presence of Telangana Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development Talasani Srinivasa Yadav by Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sulatania, Secretary to Chief Minister, and Secretary to Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries, Government of Telangana and Mr. K S Srinivas, Chairman, MPEDA at Hyderabad on Thursday.
The 1972-founded MPEDA have signed the MoU for the development of export-oriented aquaculture in the state so as to promote its fish exports in the next five years, an official release said here.
The MoU involves setting up a multi-species aquaculture centre with the state government’s funding. The facility will consist of hatcheries, nurseries and training centres for export-oriented aquaculture species. The pact also envisages providing technical assistance to set up an Aquatic Quarantine Facility at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport near Shamshabad in Hyderabad through MPEDA society named Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), besides extending technical and financial assistance for a chilled and live fish-handling facility at the same place.
MPEDA will also assist the Telangana government in formulating a cage culture policy for promoting export-oriented aquaculture in the water bodies of the state. In order to build the capacity of farmers in adopting better management practices, MPEDA will organise the farmers into clusters under the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA).
Telangana has the country’s third-largest inland water resource base for fisheries with 77 large, medium and minor reservoirs and as many as 24,189 tanks with 5.7 lakh ha water spread area suitable for fisheries. Aquaculture is being carried out in more than 1,000-ha area, the release said. (UNI)