AQUA TECH EXPO-2018
India is the world's second largest producer in fisheries after China. It employs around 15 million people in this sector. Fisheries is a big sector in the country and around 150 lakh people are engaged in fishery activities. India occupies the first place in the world in shrimp production and it is one of the largest exporters of shrimp, putting all fisheries (capture & culture) production together the country.
Uttar Pradesh has the largest area under floodplain wetlands in India (1,52,000 ha) followed by Assam (1,00,000 ha), West Bengal (42,500 ha) and Bihar (40,000 ha). The state ranks 8th in fish production, 3rd in inland fish production, 6th in fish seed production and 7th in fishery resources. The state of Uttar Pradesh has vast and varied inland fisheries resources which are at various levels of utilization. Aquaculture has huge potential for development through both expansion and intensification. Aquaculture in UP is mainly practiced in undrainable simple excavated multi-purpose ponds. Most of these ponds are owned by the government and hence these are community common ponds and commonly called as community ponds. Out of the 1.61 lac of community ponds only 70,000 ha is presently used for aquaculture. There are huge tracts of water logged areas which are suitable for the construction of fish culture ponds and farms by the private sector
The current government of Uttar Pradesh under its fisheries policy is very keen to get this sector wings to fly and generate employment through fish production, value addition, hatcheries, fish-seed production, opening of new feed units etc. In this context, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development along with Department of Fisheries, Government of Uttar Pradesh and with the support of National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources is organizing a three day Aquatech Expo-2018 at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Telibagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh from December 11 to 13, 2018.