The India International Seafood Show has been inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitaraman in Vizag in the presence of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu delivered the presidential address. This meeting discussed the challenges and strategies for the Indian fishing industry which is on the road to achieving USD 10 billion exports by 2020. A multi-pronged strategy addressing captured fish and aquaculture is expected to achieve this target, Marine Product Exports Development Authority Chairman A Jayathilak told the reporters.
The three-day show, a forum for exporters and importers, was a massive success in the past vastly benefiting the Indian seafood business and it also provided a platform for manufacturers and suppliers of seafood processing machinery, packaging system, certifications, processing ingredients, cold chain system and logistics, he said. Technical sessions will be conducted by US Food and Drug Administration, Norwegian Embassy, European Commission and Indian experts along the show.
Seafood Exporters Association of India Chairman V Padmanabhan said SEAI, the co-host of the show, has been conducting the event once in two years since 40 years and providing excellent platform to exchange technology which has benefited the farmers, and created employment for skilled and
unskilled persons in the country.
Around 117 Indian companies, including 27 foreign, will participate at the three-day event, which will be attended by over 1,000 Indian delegates and 200 overseas visitors.