INDIA - The third edition of Aqua Aquaria 2015 organised in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh state from 20-22 February, 2015 has witnessed huge participation of aquaculture farmers.
A large number of farmers from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and officials of fisheries departments from northern, eastern, western, and north eastern states attended the show.
Close to 200 ornamental fish breeders also participated in the show.
Apart from famers, close to 10,000 delegates, including 6000 pre-registered delegates attended the event.
The event saw participation of 300 companies, including 150 domestic companies and also 30 internationally renowned speakers discussed and deliberated topics concerning aquaculture in the country.
In a statement, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) which organised the event said: “Aquaculture farmers are the backbone of the marine products export sector. Of the $5 billion exported last fiscal year, nearly $2.5 billion have been produce of the aqua farmers of India.”
On selecting, Andhra Pradesh, MPEDA said that it is befitting to organise the show in the state considering its reputation as the largest producer of shrimps by aquaculture. Besides this, the region also produces large quantities of fish from its fresh water resources and is emerging as a potential area of development for ornamental fish.
The show also focused the spate pavilion from Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA) which showcased the latest research and development in the industry and also displayed shirmp, fish and scaled down version of shrimp farms, fish farms, mangrove forests and cage culture ponds.
RGCA also demonstrated sessions on the construction of cages, maintenance of farms and better practices in farming.
MPEDA said that the aim of the show is to provide motivation to farmers to adopt the latest technologies for enhancing aquaculture and ornamental fish procution and thereby enhance production output, employment and economic empowerment besides increasing exports.
The event also saw field trips that were organised to showcase best farms of L. Vannamei shrimp, tilapia, scampi and several fish species farms that have adapted better management practices.