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
March 2, 2018

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has announced the opening of a fifth quality-control laboratory in Odisha state.

The state-of-the-art laboratory, set up at Nayapally in Bhubaneswar, is fully equipped to check for the presence of chloramphenicol and nitrofuran antibiotics in shrimp and other marine products, AgriTimes.co.in reported.

MPEDA has set up the lab to address the concerns from importers and the

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Published on
February 28, 2018

The government in the Indian state of Bengal, in the eastern part of the country, is backing the opening of nine fish-focused restaurants.

The restaurants will be set up by the State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) in the cities of Howrah, Hooghly, West and East Burdwan, and Balurghat in North Bengal, with plans to open them by October 2018.

The idea was spawned out of pop-up restaurants operated during local festivals in 2017, the

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Published on
February 20, 2018

India has allocated INR 100 billion (USD 1.55 billion, EUR 1.25 billion) to support its fisheries and aquaculture sector in its 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

The announcement was made by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2018-19 general budget speech. Jaitley announced the money will be allocated to the government’s Fishery and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund. The fund supports subsidized loans to encourage the

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Published on
February 14, 2018

Indian Secretary of the Department of Agricultural Research and Education and Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Trilochan Mohapatra is urging the scientific community in his country to  create technology to help the country’s fishermen, including better weather forecasting systems and more accurate fish-finding devices.

Mohapatra spoke at the second international symposium of the Societal

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Published on
February 2, 2018

India’s freshwater fish aquaculture sector loses an average of 25 percent of its production to disease. To help combat the problem, the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) has created two inexpensive diagnostic kits that can detect major bacterial diseases in freshwater fish. 

CIFA senior scientist Priyabrata Swain told SeafoodSource the spot agglutination and spot elisa kits are meant for use in field condition by fish

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Published on
January 31, 2018

Sri Lankan seafood restaurant chain Ministry of Crab (MoC) is set to open shop in India by July 2018.

MoC, a six-year-old Sri Lankan establishment known as a crab lovers’ haven, frequently features among Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and is known for sourcing all its ingredients locally and for its disdain for frozen food. It flagship location is in a preserved 400-year-old Dutch hospital in Colombo with a minimalist open kitchen

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January 30, 2018

To give a push towards sustainable and organic shrimp farming in India, the country’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has partnered with COOP Cooperative, one of Switzerland's biggest retail and wholesale companies, to develop export-oriented organic aqua-farming in India.

MPEDA and COOP inked a memorandum of understanding on 28 January, at the 2018 India International Seafood Show in Goa. MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak

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Published on
January 29, 2018

India wants to double its seafood exports, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said at a recent national-level seafood show, with Prabhu’s ministry leading the way in developing a plan over the next three months.

Speaking at the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) Awards for Export Excellence at the 21st India International Seafood Show last week in Goa, India, Prabhu said the state will invest in aquaculture ventures

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Published on
January 26, 2018

India’s Telangana state has signed an agreement to have the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) study the state’s fish production.

CIFRI and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will undertake the study in 2018. Government officials hope the study will help the state calculate the exact fish production and revenues from fish production for 2018, Telangana Today reported.

Fish production in the state has

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Published on
January 23, 2018

In the wake of Cyclone Ockhi, which hit India in December 2017, causing extensive damage and resulting in the deaths of hundreds, a special session at the international symposium on Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery (SAFARI) discussed ways to improve the weather warning system for Indian fishermen

The three-day event, which was organized by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI),

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