Global fish production has grown steadily in the last five decades with food fish supply increasing at an average annual rate of 3.2 percent, outpacing world population growth at 1.6 percent. World per capita fish consumption has increased from an average of 9.9 kg in the 1960’s to 21.0 kg in 2012.
India is the world’s second largest producer of fish and next only to China in the area under fish production, but it is facing serious challenges that are hampering realization of full potential of the sector. Besides being a major source of revenue, fisheries sector is increasingly contributing to nutritional security of the country. The fisheries sector is an important player in the overall socio-economic development of India. The sector’s contribution to employment generation, food and nutritional security and foreign exchange earnings is now well recognized. The fisheries sector has also been one of the major contributors of foreign exchange earnings. During 2013-14, export value of marine products reached Rs. 30,213 crores.
The fishery sector has witnessed serious crisis during the last decade owing to its limitations to adjust to the changing environment. It is caught in a net of interrelated problems like lack of finance, lack of storage facilities and quick delivery of input, lack of ice-plants, lack of awareness of market information, uncertain quality of fish, faulty measurement system, lack of market infrastructure, imbalance between demand and supply of fish, low level of education among fishermen, and lack of availability of other and alternative profitable occupation for them, inadequate income and relatively high level of expenditure, extremes of climate, natural calamities like floods and draught, the tsunami, lack of appropriate policy measures, lack of transportation facilities, proper strategy to increase productivity in all forms of cultivable waters and the like.
BRAND ANDHRA PRADESH: AP First in Fish Production.
Andhra Pradesh is strategically located on the South-Eastern coast of India and is the natural gateway to East and South East Asia. The state has a population of around 4.95 crore. Andhra Pradesh has fertile river basins, extensive canal system and conducive agro climatic conditions for fishery promotion. The state has 974 kms of coastline and is one of the largest producers of marine products. The state’s coastline is also dotted with numerous major and minor ports and has a long sea faring tradition.
Fisheries sector has been identified as a Growth Engine for social economic development of the new State of Andhra Pradesh. AP stands first in total fish and prawn/shrimp production in India since 2013-14 both in terms of production and value. During the year 2016-17, the total Production of Fish and Prawn was 27.66 L.T. with GVA of Rs.42,995 Cr. (Current Price) and contributed 6.40% GSDP. “AP Fisheries Policy 2015-20” was introduce duly providing incentives in aquaculture and fisheries sector to achieve 42.00 lakh tonnes with GVA of Rs. 80,000 Cr. by 2019-20.
AP State is considering as “Aqua Hub of India”. The state of Andhra Pradesh has been dedicated to produce quality aqua products. AP State is a step ahead in promotion of Surveillance & Monitoring of Diseases, water quality through Aqua laboratories, Pond Automation, IOT, ICT and other innovative technologies to mitigate disease outbreaks. There are a number of natural as well as infrastructure related aspects that have supported the exponential growth of the sector in the state in the past few years. Excellent Market Potential and fishing infrastructure like fishing harbours and major ports offering vast opportunity for exporting fish products.
Some of the issues which can improve the rate of growth in Fisheries in the state if addressed are:
- Production of good quality seed is a major challenge
- Lack of access to modern technology and credit facilities
- Inadequate infrastructure and shortfall of skilled personnel
- Cold storage and transportation services are also constrained
- Post-harvest processing infrastructure in the state is very limited
- New and emerging diseases in aquaculture
- Inadequate domestic market development
- Marine food importers & exporters and processors
- Manufacturers of processing/packaging machinery/equipments
- Suppliers of ingredients, additives and other inputs
- Cold storage solution providers
- Manufacturers of aquaculture related machinery/equipments
- Producers of shrimp, scampi, fish, Hatchery owners and other allied sectors
- Investors, bankers, financial Institutions and insurance bodies
- Manufacturers of testing equipments, electronic equipments, cleaning equipments etc
- Manufactures of equipments used for testing and screening antibiotics, pesticides, heavy metals and other chemicals
- Manufacturers of cleaning and washing equipments, industrial flooring and coatings
- Manufacturers of fishing gear, insulated fish box, tubs, crates etc.
- Manufacturers of fishing gear materials like nets, ropes, mono filament lines, hooks, floats and sinkers.
- Manufacturers and suppliers of Tuna long lining equipments and marine scouting equipments (SONAR, GPS, Echo sounder, Radio Telephone, VHF etc),.
- Manufactures of insulated, plastic boxes and tubs, crates etc.
- Operators of shipping lines, reefer cargo, logistic service providers
- Technicians and technocrats from processing plants and quality control departments
- Policy makers from the state and Central Government fishery institutions
GOVERNMNENT PARTNERS FOR AQUABIZ 2016:
- National Fisheries Development Board, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India
- Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh
- ICAR - Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Government of India
- ICAR - Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture, Government of India
- ICAR - Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Government of India
- Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Government of Andhra Pradesh
TARGET AUDIENCE :
The event targets a broad spectrum of farmers & participants associated with the fisheries based Industry and Allied Services, hatchery operators, feed manufacturers, input suppliers, manufacturers & suppliers of various aquaculture, aquarium implements & equipment manufacturers, officials from concerned Government Departments and Ministries, Regional and Local Authorities, Senior Representatives of Indian & Foreign Companies, Associations, fisheries based Research and Consulting Companies/ Institutes, Consultants & Contractors, Scientists and experts from around the world.