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.

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December 14, 2017

A European Union delegation recently completed its review of India’s seafood quality control regime, but didn’t reveal its conclusions.

The European Union team, composed of Markus Brunner, the team leader of the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Health, and commission member Maria Lyons Alcantara, was in India from 21 to 28 November, the New Indian Express reported.  They were hosted by representatives of

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December 12, 2017

Thailand has announced a complete ban on shrimp imports from India over concerns about the spread of a highly contagious disease affecting vannamei shrimp, the Business Standard of India reported.

Thailand’s fishing ministry said the three-month ban was put in place to prevent the spreading of infectious Myonecrosis (IMNV). Thailand’s suspension of import licenses covers five categories of shrimp – Penaeus esculentus,

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December 6, 2017

The six-day 7th General Assembly of World Forum of Fisher Peoples took place 15 to 21 November in New Delhi, India, with delegates strongly pushing for broader implementation of Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) guidelines.

The SSF Guidelines were signed by member-countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in June 2014. They take a human rights-based approach to fisheries regulation and are meant to be folded into

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December 4, 2017

United States-based supermarket chain H Mart has inked an agreement with Ram's Assorted Cold Storage Limited (RACSL), a seafood processing and exports division of the Suryo Group of companies, based in Odisha, India.

Under the deal, RACSL will export black tiger, vannamei shrimp, pomfret, yellow croaker, and ribbon fish to H Mart, an Asian-themed grocery chain with 92 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

“This deal will help us to sell our

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November 29, 2017

WestCoast Group, one of India’s largest aquaculture companies, has its sights set on growing both within India and throughout neighboring countries, with the help of a strategy built around tilapia and a newly announced partnership with Norway-based aquaculture technology firm AKVA Group.

Mumbai-based WestCoast built itself up based on expertise in frozen prawns, sold under the Cambay Tiger brand. The company now sells an estimated eight

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Published on
November 22, 2017

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority has called on the country’s shrimp and fish producers to add value to its marine foods in an effort to increase domestic seafood consumption.

MPEDA is also looking to create a stronger national seafood brand, according to the organization’s domestic marketing director T. Dola Shankar. Shankar said MPEDA is now offering financial incentives to companies that use its

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November 17, 2017

India’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will host a symposium on using satellite technology to improve the yields and processes of its marine fisheries sector.

CMFRI has teamed with SAFARI (Societal Applications in Fisheries and Aquaculture using Remote Sensing Imagery), an international project developed by the United Nations’ “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet’ initiative, under the umbrella of the

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November 15, 2017

With concern mounting in Europe regarding the presence of antibiotics in Indian seafood shipments, a high-level European Union (EU) delegation is planning to visit Indian aquaculture processing factories and ports.

The delegation, comprised of two or three members, is scheduled to visit India from 21 to 28 November 2017. The group will visit Odisha first and then go to other states, including Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the Business Standard

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Published on
November 10, 2017

India's first quarter exports rose 21 percent off of increasing demand for frozen shrimp in the international market.

For the period from April to June 2017, India recorded 2.51 million metric tons of seafood exports valued at INR 90.66 billion (USD 1.39 billion, EUR 1.18 billion). During the same quarter last year, India's export totaled 2.01 million MT, valued at USD 1.17 billion (EUR 1 billion), the Marine Products Exports Development

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November 2, 2017

Odisha State, located on India's east coast, has recorded a 17 percent increase in seafood exports for 2016-17 fiscal year. 

In the past year, the state exported 41,828 tons of seafood, as compared to 35,630 tons exported during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The value of Odisha’s exports increased to INR 22.05 billion (USD 340 million, EUR 287.8 million), recording a growth of 23 percent against the same period last year. Total seafood

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