Bhubaneswar, October 25 (LocalWire): The state government has announced that despite the global economic slowdown, seafood export from Odisha touched the Rs 3,000-crore mark in FY 2018-19.
In a meeting with the representatives of Sea Food Exporters’ Association of India (Odisha region), chief secretary Asit Tripathy said that the state has identified 107 brackish aquaculture clusters, mostly along the continental shelf.
“Out of this, 19 clusters have been taken up for development in the first phase,” he said, adding that the Odisha Space Application Center through satellite imagery has identified around 3,000 hectors of land suitable for brackishwater aquaculture.
“The Fisheries and Animal Resource Department has been directed to prepare a timeline for power and road connectivity to all these clusters,” the chief secretary stated.
Odisha seafood finds its major market in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, the Middle East, and southeastern Asian countries.
During the meeting, industry representatives discussed issues related to the creation of captive aquaculture farms for the exporters, value addition and product innovation in the sector, and early release of subsidy to the farmers and exporters.
They also deliberated on issues related to the development of road connectivity, land allotment in Seafood Park, and setting up of viral test and quality certification lab.
The executive members of the association expressed their concern about shifting of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) office from Odisha to Kolkata.
“The office had been operating in the state for three decades and its shifting to Kolkata would create difficulties for Odisha exporters in the days to come,” Falcon Group chairperson Tara Patnaik stated.