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Plans for Indian aquaculture university move forward


Plans to establish a State Marine and Aquaculture University (SMAU) in Andhra Pradesh have been approved, in principle, by Fisheries Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana.

Andhra Pradesh currently has around 200,000 hectares of aquaculture production

“Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy gave his consent to a proposal submitted by the Fisheries Department a month ago. Now, the department is identifying a suitable site for the project. The location will be decided by June-end,” Ramana is reported to have said in The Hindu.

The university aims to provide the technical expertise required to increase the state’s aquaculture sector,

The Minister, who was visiting the state on 12 June, added that an Aquaculture Development Authority (ADA) to strengthen the aquaculture industry is also going to be developed.

“The authority will explore the possibilities of providing government assistance to aquaculture farmers. The ADA is expected to come into force by the next year,” said Ramana.

He went on to explain that the regional branch of the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), which will monitor the region’s aquaculture producers and is due to be set up in Vijayawada, has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will still be going ahead.

“All clearances have been obtained from the Centre for the CAA branch, which will be run from the office of the Commissioner, Department of Fisheries, in Vijayawada,” he said.