A better mechanism is needed for effective dissemination of aquaculture technologies and good practices among aqua farmers, experts participating in the 11th Indian fisheries and aquaculture forum have opined.
In his address, World Food Prize laureate M Vijaya Gupta
Aquaculture will be the future source of growth in fisheries as the increasing demand for fish can’t be met by capture fisheries alone. With the increasing population, urbanization and purchasing power, the demand for fish has been increasing. Global demand for fish will increase by 30-40 million tonnes by 2030. Since capture fishery sector has been already over exploited, production from aquaculture has to be enhanced to meet the increasing demand.
“At present, India holds second position in world aquaculture production following China. But, with increasing domestic demand, China’s position may change to net importer of fish, providing opportunities for India to boost up aquaculture production to gain the advantages of global market,” he added.
Speakers pointed out that the situation is not much promising as there are many limiting factors like declining land, water and energy availability, less availability of wild species etc. Further growth in aquaculture can be achieved only through intensification.
Experts from major fish growing nations of the world took part in the event which envisions addressing the major issues hindering the growth of fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Deputy director general of ICAR (fisheries) J K Jena said the conference will evolve guidelines for research institutions to think, develop and undertake need-based research to address core issues affecting fisheries sector. It will review the research developments in fisheries science and developing strategies for transfer and refinement of these technologies.
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