India Ranks No 2 in Fish Output Globally

With huge coast line to an access of over 7000 km, India ranks number 2 in fish production globally, Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan said in Hyderabad.

“India stands world number 2 in global fish production. Further India stands world number two in the sectors of Inland capture and aquaculture. We are number seven in marine capture production/fisheries,” Radha Mohan said while addressing 33rd session of Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission.

“India registered an increase of 92.8% in aquaculture and 15.1 % in marine catches in the last 10 years (2003-12). The share of India’s production from aquaculture is 6.3% of the world. Currently, our total production is 9.51 million tonnes,” the minister adds.

India is bestowed with wide array of natural resources for developing marine, brackish water and inland fisheries and aquaculture holds importance, since enhanced fish production by sustainable aquaculture is the key for ensuring food security and poverty alleviation, the minister opined.
Aquaculture in India relies heavily on inland aquaculture of finfish even though potential for mariculture production of finfish remains largely untapped.

“We are finalising the guidelines for foraying in to mariculture in cages along with cage culture in open water bodies such as reservoirs. The cage culture is aimed at effective and optimal tapping the potential for natural water resources of marine and inland waters,” Mohan stressed.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates, the human consumption of fish is about 80 per cent of the world’s fish production at per capita of 17.1 kilogram which is expected to rise considerably by the year 2030.

“It is necessary that we need to collectively take measures for sustainable increase in fish production. With the capture fishery resources dwindling at an alarming rate, the international community needs to take certain harsh / drastic measures for ensuring continuous supply of food fish.

This underlines the importance that fisheries and aquaculture, directly or indirectly, play as an essential role in the livelihoods of millions of people in the region and entire world from the small-scale fishers and farmers who harvest the fish to the men and women who work in the post-harvest handling and large processing industry,” the Minister said.

Representatives from FAO, the Fisheries Commission and Agriculture Ministry, and delegates from countries of Asia Pacific Region attend the meet.

Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) is an important platform for the governments of APFIC members, international and regional fisheries and aquaculture organisations to discuss important and emerging issues related to the development and management of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia and Pacific region.

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Canadian boar semen to boost pig production in North-East

With a large population in the Northeast eating pork, a Canadian firm wants to export female pigs and frozen semen from purebred, pedigreed boars to the region to meet the high demand.

“We are exporting high performance semen in frozen form to farms in Punjab and Haryana and we are looking towards similar demand in the North-East region,” president of Polar Genetic Groups (PGG), Mr Alfred Wahl, told PTI.

Mr Wahl said that the Chief Veterinary Officer of India had suggested the North-East region for improving pig farming as in developed countries.

India and Canada had signed an MoU last year to develop pig farming in India.

“We will see how and what kind of arrangement can be made to import live female pigs and not just frozen semen, he said.

Asked about his company’s plan to invest in India and the North-East, Mr Wahl said, “We have not decided yet, but we are eager to participate if there can be some coordinated projects for increasing pork production especially in terms of finance and management.”


Meghalaya consumes about 300 pigs daily and faces a 30 per cent deficit in supply.

PGG intends to ascertain the overall situation of pig farming in North-Eastern states, organisation skills and if skills of veterinary departments of each State could be improved, Mr Wahl said.

Among other countries which PGG is currently helping in improving piggery farming are China and Chile while supplying live pigs for breeding to Korea, Vietnam and central American countries.

Mr Wahl addressed a two-day workshop on developing pig production in North-East.

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