Inaugurates seafood festival; Calls for more white shrimp production
MARGAO: The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the inauguration of the International Seafood Show of India 2018 has expressed concern that the West Coast lagging behind in fish food production.
The 21st edition of India International Seafood Show (IISS) was inaugurated at Fatorda on Saturday. The show will be held till Monday.
Over the course of the show, Industry leaders and experts will deliberate on policies, market trends, technology and road maps to achieving an export target of US$ 10 billion by 2022.
At his inaugural address, the chief minister said that the East Coast is doing very well in fishing but the West coast is not and it is a matter of concern for him as well as his government.
“One area of concern of coast is over exploiting and this area needs to be taken care of. The white shrimp aquaculture is also an area that can develop in Goa and I urge the MPEDA and related agencies to mediate and get Goa the expertise from the states like Tamil Nadu that have succeeded in the Aquaculture,” he said.
The chief minister also said that use of chemical fertilizers is an area not looked at generally but is causing immense damage to the oceans due to the increase in nitrogen levels in the ocean.
TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai said, “Fish means a lot for Goans and the fact that the chief minister came back to Goa was for political stability of Goa as well as because of the absence of fish on his platter.”
“We have to think of the common man and it is our endeavour to provide subsidized fish to the Goans by end of this tenure. I would stress on how affordable fish can be given to common man,” Vijai said.
Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar announced that his department was in a process to formulate Goan Fisheries Corporation in Goa.