Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions and respond related to Publicity Section


1. What are the actions taken by MPEDA in promoting Indian Seafood Exports abroad?
Participation in international fairs
For export promotion, MPEDA participates in major international seafood fairs in the world and displays a wide range of India's products especially value added products to generate awareness and demand.

MPEDA also encourage participation of Indian seafood exporters as co-exhibitors in selected international exhibitions. Besides these, various literatures promoting Indian seafood is also distributed to potential buyers and visitors. The trade enquiries received from such fairs are distributed to the exporters through MPEDA Newsletter, a monthly publication brought by MPEDA.

Advertisements in International Magazines
MPEDA releases a number of advertisements in leading and popular fishery magazines and trade journals abroad.

Buyer seller meet
MPEDA facilitates Trade delegation to visit India and sends delegation to leading seafood-buying countries to strengthen the trade links.

International delegation
MPEDA invites Trade delegation to visit India and sends delegation to leading seafood-buying countries to smoothen the trade links.

 

2. What are the Shows organised by MPEDA?
Aqua Aquaria India
MPEDA organizes biennial AQUA AQUARIA INDIA Exposition for giving further momentum in developing the aquaculture/ornamental fish sector in India once in 2 years.

India International Seafood Show
MPEDA along with Seafood Exporters Association of India organizes a biennial India International Seafood Show in India. This event would provide the participants, which includes seafood buyers, processors and other stakeholders to interact and frame out strategies for mutual benefits.

3. How does INFOFISH help Indian Seafood Industry?

  • INFOFISH is the subsidiary of FAO.
  • India is a founder member country
  • Provides vital information on trade
  • Implements several FAO projects on fisheries
  • Also offers its expertise for some of the projects, apart from disseminating information by organising seminars on latest happenings in seafood sector

 

4. What are the functions of TPOs of MPEDA? TPO New York / Tokyo and New Delhi
The Trade Promotion Offices of MPEDA acts as first contact point for buyers / importers and plays a vital role in liaisoning with local stakeholders including Government agencies. They provide vital input in policy decisions, market intelligence and assist in participating in seafood trade shows arranged in their region.

5. What are the publications brought out by MPEDA and their price(see ANNEXURE 1 )
List of all publications including unpriced publications, Newsletter, Prime, etc.

ANNEXURE I

PRICE LIST OF MPEDA PUBLICATIONS / PERIODICALS

  PERIODICALS Annual Subscription. (INR)
1. PRIME WEEKLY (PRICE INDICATOR FOR MARINE PRODUCTS) FOR ONE YEAR 350.00
2. MPEDA NEWSLETTER FOR ONE YEAR 480.00
  PUBLICATIONS Price per copy(postage extra)
3. LIVING JEWELS : A HANDBOOK ON FRESH WATER ORNAMENTAL FISH 150.00
4. CHART ON COMMERCIAL FISHES OF INDIA 75.00
5. CHART ON FRESH WATER ORNAMENTAL FISHES OF INDIA (NO STOCK) 75.00
6. MPEDA ACT, RULES & REGULATIONS 25.00
7. STATISTICS OF MARINE PRODUCTS 2007 250.00
8 STATISTICS OF MARINE PRODUCTS 2008 350.00
9. SEAFOOD DELICACIES FROM INDIA 100.00
10. INDIAN FISHERY HAND BOOK (NO STOCK)  
11. AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE ON COMMERCIAL FISHES AND SHELL FISHES OF INDIA (NO STOCK)  
12. PRODUCT CATALOGUE 150.00
13. HAND BOOK ON ORNAMENTAL FISH DISEASES 50.00
14. WATER QUALITY IN THE ORNAMENTAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY - SERIAL 1 125.00
15. INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT OF LIVE FISH IN THE ORNAMENTAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY SERIAL 2 125.00
16. LIVE FOOD CULTURE FOR THE ORNAMENTAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY - SERIAL 3 125.00
17. BIO-SECURITY IN THE ORNAMENTAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY - SERIAL 4 125.00
18. GUIDELINES – GREEN CERTIFICATION OF FRESH WATER ORNAMENTAL FISH 100.00
19. ORNAMENTAL FISH BREEDERS/TRADERS DIRECTORY 25.00
20. DIRECTORY OF EXPORTERS OF MARINE PRODUCTS (MAY 2010 EDITION) 75.00

 

6. What is aquaculture?
Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms, including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and aquatic plants. Farming implies some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated. For statistical purposes, aquatic organisms which are harvested by an individual or corporate body which has owned them throughout their rearing period contribute to aquaculture, while aquatic organisms which are exploitable by the public as a common property resources, with or without appropriate licenses, are the harvest of fisheries.

7. What are the commercially important species for aquaculture?
CRUSTACEANS

Tiger shrimp - Penaeus monodon Indian white shrimp - Fenneropenaeus indicus Banana shrimp - Fenneropenaeus merguiensis White leg shrimp -Litopenaeus vannamei
Red tail shrimp - Fenneropenaeus penicillatus Kuruma shrimp - Marsupenaeus japonicus Mud crab - Scylla serrata
Mud crab - Scylla tranquebarica 
Cobia / Black king fish - Rachycentron canadum
 

 

8. What are the basic requirements for aquaculture?
The primary requisites for aquaculture are, suitable site with optimum soil/water quality, availability of perennial surface water source, infrastructure facilities like road/electricity/market access, trained/skilled manpower etc. Inputs such as feed/seed/fertilizers etc.

9. What are the inputs for aquaculture and where these are available?
Inputs required for aquaculture is, feed, seed, fertilizers, chemicals, fuel etc. and are available with suppliers/dealers. List of approved hatcheries for seed supply is appended.

10. Is there any financial /insurance coverage/ technical assistance available for aquaculture?
MPEDA extends technical assistance for establishment of the project and financial assistance in form of subsidy.

11. Whether a feasibility report on the project is necessary. If yes, is it available free on request?
Feasibility report with a good farm design is required for construction and implementation of the project. MPEDA prepares and issue feasibility report free of cost on request.

12. What are the Depts / agencies providing assistance?
NFDB, State Govts &BFDAs/FFDAs are providing certain types of technical & financial assistance programmes. MPEDA will not provide assistance if these are provided.

13. Is registration/ permission for aquaculture project mandatory and who is the registering/permitting authority?
Registration of aquaculture farm with concerned authority is mandatory. Farm has to be registered with CAA for aquaculture in coastal area and to enroll with MPEDA for PHT for export of the produce. Permission is required from state fisheries dept for GIFT tilapia being exotic fish..

Technical assistance

13. How to avail technical assistance from MPEDA and how it is beneficial?
Technical assistance/guidance may be availed from MPEDA through it's Regional/Sub Regional Centres(Aquaculture) located in the maritime states. The expert guidance from site selection to harvest which is useful for the farmer will be available free. A farmer has to register his name/farm with MPEDA in a prescribed form available free with the RC/SRCs and enclosing the copy of required documents, viz; land ownership, site map. All the assistances/visits are free.

14. Who can avail technical assistance?
Interested individual, entrepreneur, group of farmers, society, company/corporate bodies, institutes etc. can avail the assistance.

15. Where assistance is available and how often assistance is provided?
MPEDA Regional Centres & Sub Regional centres established throughout coastal states in India. Tecnical assistance can be given any time to the needy.

16. Is there any fee or it is free of cost?
Technical assistance is mostly free .Consultation programmes taken up will be charged as per the agreements as arrived at.

17. What are the free assistances and paid assistances?
Consultation programmes taken up as per agreements, PCR test and PHT are charged. Other assistances are free.

Extension

18. What are the extension services available?
MPEDA conducts training programmes, awareness campaigns, farmers meet, seminar/work shop, inter state study tour, demonstration

18. How frequently the extension programmes are organized and who can join the programmes?
Interested farmers, entrepreneurs, prospective farmers, farm workers, hatchery operators etc. can join the programmes suitable for them conducted by RC/SRCs.

19. Is there any technical literature for reference and any certificate is provided during the training programme
Yes. Technical literature & certificate is provided during training programme.

20. Whether stipend /transport/accommodation provisions are there for training programmes?
MPEDA has these provisions stipulated in such programmes taken up from time to time.

Financial assistance

21.What are the financial assistance schemes implemented?
Please see in the table AQUACULTURE SECTION SUBSIDY ASSISTANCE SCHEMES

22.Who is eligible or this assistance?
Interested individual, entrepreneur, group of farmers, society, company/corporate bodies, institutes etc. can avail the financial assistance on stipulated terms..

23.Is CAA registration is mandatory for availing subsidy assistance, if yes, is there any time limit for construction of project and submission of subsidy application?
Registration of aquaculture farm with concerned authority is mandatory. The beneficiaries should avail within one year after obtaining the license.

24.Whether the assistance is linked to bank loan or is available to self financed projects?
Financial assistance is available to beneficiaries availing bank loan and also for self financed projects. How and when to apply for such assistance?

Documents required for submission for availing financial assistance

25.LIST OF DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR SANCTION OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Application for assistance
  • Land Documents on ownership / certificate of compliance
  • Project report prepared / approved by MPEDA
  • No Objection Certificate from Revenue Authorities / Agriculture Department
  • Site map to scale
  • Village map showing the location
  • Village map showing the location
  • Source of income - own finance / loan sanction letter from bank
  • Declaration that he/she has not availed subsidy from any other source

 

26.Can the project avail in phases if developed in phases?
Yes, but to the maximum as stipulated in the schemes. New farm development subsidy is restricted maximum 5 ha and to certain areas.

Registration of farms

27.Why the farm needs registration?
A farmer has to register his name/farm with MPEDA in a prescribed form available free with the RC/SRCs and enclosing the copy of required documents, viz; land ownership, site map. All the assistances/visits are free.

MPEDA needs all details pertaining to the farmers and the area proposed for aquaculture along with land ownership.

28.How registration is made?
After receiving application from the farmer in the prescribed format along with copy of land documents, it is processed at RC/SRCs and survey is made to the site. If the site is suitable for aquaculture, the farmer/farm is registered for availing f technical assistance and a registration number is provided.

29.What are the type of registration and whether the registration is voluntary or mandatory?
There are two types of registrations:

  • Registration for availing technical assistance
  • Enrolment of farm for PHT

 

30.Eligibility & documents required for registration
Individual, entrepreneur, group of farmers, society, company/corporate body, institute etc. interested in aquaculture are eligible and the following documents are require to be submitted with application form:

  • Filled in application form
  • Copy of land ownership document, viz; patta/ sale deed/ revenue pass book /adangal etc.
  • Copy of site map certified by village revenue officer
  • Photo for PHT enrolment

 

31.Whether feasibility reports can be issued without registration?
On request, feasibility report is prepared and issued free of cost once the farmers is registered for availing technical assistance. Feasibility report prepared by the farmer himself if needs approval, the plan & design of which must be prepared by an approved engineer. The farm has also to be registered with required documents explained above and submit

32.Where the registration should be made?
Application for Registration should be submitted at MPEDA RC/SRCs enclosing the copy of required documents, viz; land ownership, site map for due verification

Diversification

33.What is diversification in aquaculture?
Diversification in aquaculture is presented as an option for achieving sustainable development for a feasible economy. A production diversification process must be properly organized and planned in technical terms enabling to contributing to guaranteeing sustainable production systems which is socially acceptable.

34.What are the commercially important species for diversified aquaculture?
The following species can be considered for commercial aquaculture production

Common Name Scientific Name
Asian sea bass Lates calcarifer
Grouper Epinephelus spp.
Milkfish Chanos chanos
Cobia Rachycentron canadum
Mud crab Scylla serrata
Edible oyster Crassostrea spp.
Pearl oyster Pinctada fucata, P. margaritifera
Mussels Perna viridis, P. indica
Clams Anadara granosa, Paphia malabarica

 

35.Whether any permission from the concerned dept. is required for particular species. If so who is the agency for extending permission.
Permission is required for introducing exotic aquatic species for culture production from MOA. State Fisheries depts. are allowed to extend permission for culture of Tilapia. Culture of L vannamei is permitted by registering with CAA.

36.Where the technology for culturing diversified species is available
RGCA, the R & D arm of MPEDA has standardized the technology for culture production of exportable variety of fin and shell fishes under diversification of aquacu8and started commercial production of seeds for species viz; sea bass mud crab, GIFT tilapia, high health tiger shrimp etc. To propagate the technologies among farmers in various parts of the country, RC/SRCs are conducting demonstrations in farmers' pond.

37.Whether the required inputs are available
Major inputs such as feed and seed are available through suppliers/dealers and seeds from RGCA hatchery in a limited scale. More hatcheries may establish on increased demand.

38.Is there any special training arranged and where to get the training and technical assistance
Training programmes are arranged by RGCA for entrepreneurs/frmers at their training centre at Sirkali, TN and small farmers may avil training from RC/SRCs of MPEDA.

Quality issues

39.What is PHT and where the sample is tested
Pre Harvest Test (PHT) is mandatory for farms producing shrimps for export for presence of antibiotics in culture products. The test is conducted at ELISA laboratories established by MPEDA in all maritime states at different locations.

40.When and how to submit the samples in the lab for analysis
The farmer has to provide a sample before 15 days of harvest to ELISA lab. He sample will be collected by the sample collector who are engaged by the ELISA lab and placed at the neares sample collection out post or at the Lab. The anticipated date of harvest will be intimated to the ELISA lab/out post, so that the sample collector can reach the farm in time.

41.How to submit sample in case of emergency harvest
If emergency harvest is required due to unavoidable circumstances, the farmer has to send urgent message to lab /out post and sample collection will be arranged.