Kochi: India’s fish exports have fallen by 19.3% this fiscal, mainly due to poor harvest in Eastern and Western coasts, according to the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).
During April to December 2007, India exported 392,939 tonnes of fish valued at Rs5,701.42 crore compared to 486,895 tonnes valued at Rs6,659.22 crore during the same period in 2006, G Mohan Kumar, chairman, Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), said.
He attributed the downfall in exports to the “poor fish landing” in East and West coasts.
However, in the case of tuna export, there was an increase of 44.3%, he said.
Because of the efforts taken by MPEDA, there had been a turnaround in the export of tuna as more processors have commenced itheir exports in value added forms, said Kumar.
“It was gratifying to note that EU and South East Asian countries have commenced buying tuna in large quantities,” he said.
As per a ‘vision document´, MPEDA in the next few years would be focussing on exploitation of tuna resources and value addition.