AP plans aqua zones to streamline Aquaculture

VIJAYAWADA: To control conversion of agricultural land into aqua ponds, and reduce use of antibiotics in hatcheries, Andhra Pradesh government is thinking of introducing aqua zones. The task force set up by the state government to streamline the fisheries sector has come up with various recommendations including aqua zones and closure of unauthorised shrimp hatcheries.
Introduction of zones will mean there will be streamlining of the industry. A task force member said , “We know that fisheries business is highly risky, and earns lot of benefits. Some kind of streamlining is required here, hence we have come up with this proposal. AP is a major state in aquaculture, and introduction of aqua zones will be a first in the country.”
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Game changer seafood park to be ready in Odisha by early 2018

Seafood processing is also high on the Odisha State’s agenda. A Sea Food Park with a state-sponsored investment of ₹134 crore is coming up at Deras, near the State capital, which will be functional in early 2018. The park stands on 150 acres and seafood processed there would be primarily meant for exports.

Twenty firms have committed investments worth ₹466 crore in the park. Odisha is targeting seafood exports worth ₹20,000 crore per year in the next five years. From Mumbai, Kader Investment and Trading, the largest seafood exporter, is planning to invest ₹55 crore in a seafood processing unit at Deras.

“It is going to be the best by any international standards. The industry department is providing the packaging facility, cold storage, refrigerated vans, waste treatment plant, administrative building and even power and water to the units,” said Mr.Sanjeev Chopra, the State’s Principal Secretary, Industries.

“The Sea Food Park will be a game changer in seafood processing not only in Odisha but in India,” said Sanjay Kumar Singh, CMD, Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is responsible for supplying land and infrastructure to industrial units. The park will process 90,860 MTPA of seafood and employ more than 7,200 people.

Source:  The Hindu