Aqua expo to boost fishermen trade

Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav today said the four-day “AquaEx-India-2018” will be held in Hitex from March 15 to 18.

Launching a program as a prelude for “AquaEx-India- 2018” at Secretariat here, the Minister noted that the mega event will be organised jointly by Society for Indian Fisheries Aqua Culture and Telangana Government. It will help develop fisheries and aquaculture in the state and encourage exports using modern methods and practices. The program is first of its kind in South Asia and will be attended over by 25 nations, companies, traders of fish and people involved in the business.

Srinivas Yadav said 14.5 million people are eking out their livelihood and producing 10.8 million tons of fish and other varieties. India stands second in the world in fish production after China which is producing 60 per cent. Sea food, fish, shrimp are good for health he said. Our Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has launched the fish scheme helping the poor fishermen to revive their economy.
The state government left 52 cr fish into the lakes and ponds this year and 22 cr fish last year to help the fishermen community in a big way to get more income and improve their life conditions. He also said that Rs 1000 cr will be spent for fish seed development, equipment for fishing, marketing and boost the revenue of those relying on the fish business.

International technologies, methods, new breeds, production increase and better marketing policies and related issues will be discussed at the event. The minister said that exhibition will create awareness among the fishermen and aquaculture on better practices to increase the produce and improve their revenue and financial conditions. Mission Kakatiya reviving lakes is a major scheme to help improve rural economy. The minister charged that the congress government in the combined state neglected Telangana region in Fisheries sector. The state government is focusing on Mission Kakatiya, Mission Bhagiratha and completion of Irrigation projects. (NSS)