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Focus on Organic Aquaculture

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INDIA - With the global trends in marine catch indicating a decline, sustained efforts are necessary to make use of fishery resources, says Syda Rao, Director of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI).

Social engineering remained the biggest challenge of transfer of technology and participatory approach of coastal fisherfolk, he told The Hindu.

He was hosting a workshop on ‘organic aquaculture and product marketing’, organised by Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and Infofish, an inter-governmental organisation providing marketing information and technical advisory services for fishery products.

Organic aquaculture assumed importance in the backdrop of increased influence of food safety concerns, said Vishnu Bhat, Director of MPEDA. Increased production costs have been posing problems in the expansion of organic farming, he said.

Aquaculture in the country has faced setbacks in the last few years and organic aquaculture would be the right course for the industry at present, said Anwar Hashim, president of Seafood Exporters’ Association. MPEDA was offering technology upgradation schemes and marketing tie-ups to promote the sector, said Kuruvilla Thomas, Director, MPEDA. Development of domestic market and export of value added products would be necessary to improve the fortunes of the sector, said Fatima Ferdouse, chief, Trade Promotion Division, Infofish.