Odisha targets seafood exports worth Rs 3,000 crore in FY’17

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Bhubaneswar | Published: August 23, 2016 6:27:03 PM

To make the most of the upcoming cold storage facilities at Biju Patnaik International Airport here, the Odisha government has set an ambitious target to export seafood worth Rs 3,000 crore during the current fiscal.

Sethi added that the state had exported seafood worth Rs 4,794.72 crore in the last three years and the products have a great demand in South-East Asia, the US, Europe and Japan. (Source: PTI)

To make the most of the upcoming cold storage facilities at Biju Patnaik International Airport here, the Odisha government has set an ambitious target to export seafood worth Rs 3,000 crore during the current fiscal.

“Odisha has witnessed increase in exports from 14,161 tonnes in 2007-08 to 35,630 tonnes in 2015-16. It generated foreign exchange earnings worth Rs 347.9 crore in 2007-08, while the amount was Rs 1,787.84 crore in 2015-16. This year, the target has been fixed at Rs 3,000 crore,” Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary, Bishnupada Sethi, said.

Sethi added that the state had exported seafood worth Rs 4,794.72 crore in the last three years and the products have a great demand in South-East Asia, the US, Europe and Japan.

He said fishery products from Chilika lake are very popular in foreign countries. “We have produced 13,137 tonnes of fish, crab, prawn and squid from Chilika alone.”

Noting that the state has a great potential to increase seafood exports, Sethi said the state government has decided to create necessary infrastructure like air cargo handling at Biju Patnaik International Airport to facilitate seafood export to other countries.

The state government is partnering Airports Authority of India for the cold storage which is likely to be completed this year itself.
Sethi said the state government will hold discussion with Paradip Port for more containers with modern facilities for export of seafood via sea route.

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