Jagdish Kumar

Reporting from Mumbai, India

Jagdish Kumar is a Mumbai, India-based journalist covering the Indian seafood sector, with a focus on aquaculture. Kumar has a master’s degree in journalism from Marudai Kamaraj University and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Amity University. He has covered the agriculture sector in India for four years for various international publications.

Published on
May 10, 2018

Fishermen residing in coastal areas around Mumbai have objected to infrastructure activities in the region, citing the potential loss of their livelihood.

Urbanization has caused environmental damages to fishing areas and had a negative impact on more than 1,600 families, local fisherman Ramdas Janardhan Koli told SeafoodSource. 

According to Koli, more than 250 hectares of land in Nhava Sheva, Uran, Dongri, and Thane have been damaged by a

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Published on
May 1, 2018

The newly crafted state in South India, Telangana, has decided to release 820 million fish seedlings during the 2018-19 financial year in an effort to increase fish production, state officials said. 

The state government’s fisheries minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said that the release will help Telangana to achieve 30-percent growth in fish production to 350,000 metric tons, according to a report from Telangana Today.

The minister,

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Published on
April 18, 2018

The government of India’s Andhra Pradesh state is looking into investments in aquaculture as an economic growth engine.

The state, located on India’s east coast, has been the top state in fish production in the country, accounting for 45 percent of India’s total seafood exports. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, its seafood exports reached INR 170 billion (USD 2.60 billion, EUR 2.12 billion) in value, out of the total INR 378

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Published on
April 17, 2018

Officials in India are looking seriously into pursuing sustainability certification from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for up to 10 of the countries fisheries.

At a seminar on 5 April organized by India’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) attended by officials from the MSC and the World Wildlife Fund, as well as marine scientists, seafood exporters, fishermen, and retailers met to discuss the formation of fishery

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April 9, 2018

The government of India’s Odisha state is warning tenants in a mega seafood park they will be evicted if they continue to abscond on paying land fees.

Eighteen of the 20 seafood exporters that have set up in the Odisha Industrial Park, located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, have not paid their bills, according to the Business Standard. The paper reported that the new business park initially attracted many seafood-related firms, with

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Published on
April 6, 2018

A growing number of unauthorized shrimp farms has pushed India’s Andhra Pradesh government to come up with a plan to declare so-called “aqua zones” across the state.

The recently proposed zones are intended to streamline aquaculture development in the state by more closely regulating land and water use. Paired with a proposed new regulatory plan and the creation of a state-level aquaculture authority, the government hopes to

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April 3, 2018

African and Indian fisheries have a major role to play in ensuring global food security, the secretary general of the African Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) told participants in a 15-day international workshop in March in Kochi, Kerala, India, that focused on food security, agriculture, and fisheries.

AARDO is an autonomous inter-governmental organization with 33 member-states from Africa and Asia. The group is “devoted to

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Published on
March 30, 2018

Indian seafood producers have received a jolt after the United States decided to hike up anti-dumping duties on the country’s shrimp exports.

India’s Business Standard reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce determined in a preliminary review that certain frozen warm-water shrimp from India was sold in the United States at less-than-normal value during its period of review (POR) lasting from 1 February, 2016 through 31 January,

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Published on
March 16, 2018

Overfishing, climate change, and growing demand for fishmeal are combining to overwhelm India’s fisheries, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Principal Scientist P U Zacharia said recently.

Fish populations in India’s coastal areas are decreasing, with the total catch declining from the 839,000 metric tons caught in 2012 to 520,000 metric tons in 2017, Zacharia said. Zacharia also pointed out that 390,000 metric tons of

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Published on
March 8, 2018

India's leading seafood exporters, Devi Seafoods and Sandhya Marines, have filed initial public offering papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

Devi Seafoods filed its IPO papers on 5 March. It's owners, P. Brahmanandam, P. Suryavathi, P. Rama Devi, and N. Naveena, are looking to raise INR 9 billion (USD 138.4 million, EUR 111.9 million), Livemint reported. The proceeds from the IPO will be used enhance the company’s

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