Mangaluru: Great Indian Fish Festival ‘Mathsyamela-2016’ from March 4 to 6

Mangaluru: A National level exposition, ‘Mathsyamela-2016’ organized by Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar in collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad and Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation, Mangaluru, will be held at TMA Pai International Convention Centre, MG Road here, on March 4 and 6.

This is a National level fair to create awareness on Indian fisheries sector by providing a single point access to knowledge, support services of various developmental departments, latest developments of fisheries and aquaculture industry and business opportunities in fisheries sector. The key objective of this great Indian fish festival is to connect institutions with industry, farmers, fishermen and general public.


India is a major maritime state and an important aquaculture country in the world. India stands seventh in the world with regard to total fish production, with an annual production of about 10 million tons (mt) with the marine and the inland sectors contributing 6.54 and 3.44 mt respectively. Aquaculture is increasingly becoming important, with an annual growth rate of over 6%. The country is the second largest producer of fish through aquaculture in the world, next to China. The annual per capita fish availability in the country is of the order of 11 kg, which is lower than the WHO recommendation of 18 kg/person/annum. The annual export earnings from fish and shellfish is more than Rs 33,500 crores, accounting for 18% of the agricultural exports and over 2% of the total exports. Producing about 6.42% of the world’s fish, India trades to the extent of 3.5% in the global fish market.

To bridge the yield gap in fisheries and aquaculture and to increase per capita availability and consumption, this exhibition aims at providing common platform for diversified fisheries stakeholders in order to establish a strategic partnership and to give impetus to technology led fisheries development in the country.

Highlights of Mathsyamela-2016:

* Fisheries academic institution stalls
* Fisheries industry stalls
* Delicious food court
* Nature aquarium and sea shells exhibition
* Fresh fish and ornamental fish exhibition cum sale
* Western Ghat ornamental fishes exhibition
* Recipe competitions (On 4th and 6th March)
* Free consultancy to fisheries and aquaculture business
* National workshop (A parallel program for fisheries professionals)
* Half marathon with a theme “Run for Fish” (It was conducted on 28.02.2016)
* Angling competition (on 6th March at Pilikula at 9.0 am)

The inauguration of Mathsyamela 2016 will be held on March 4 at 10.30 am in conference hall of TMA Pai centre. Abhayachandra Jain, Minister of fisheries and Youth Affairs, Government of Karnataka will inaugurate the program. A B Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner, Srividya CEO of ZP, Jacintha Vijaya Alfred D’Souza, Mayor of Mangalore City Corporation, Dr C Vasudevappa, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Shivamogga, Hiryanna, Chairman, KFDC, V K Shetty, MD, KFDC will be the chief guest during the occasion. Many extension literatures will be released on the occasion.

Valedictory program will be conducted on March 6. A Manju, Hon’ble Minister for Sericulture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services will give valedictory remarks in presence of B Ramanatha Rai, Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment, U T Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Abhayachandra jain, Minister for Fisheries and Youth Affairs. J R Lobo, MLA, Mangalore South Constituency will preside over the function.

Capt. Ganesh Karnik, MLC, Graduate Constituency, Nalin Kumar Kateel, Member of Parliament; Moideen Bava, MLA, Mangaluru North Constituency; Ivan D’Souza, MLC will be the chief guests. Jacintha Vijay Alfred, Mayor, Mangaluru City Corporation, Dr C Renuka Prasad, Vice Chancellor, KVAFSU, Bidar, A B Ibrahim IAS, DC, Dakshina Kannada; P I Srividya, IAS, CEO, Zilla Panchayath; Hiriyanna, Chairman, KFDC; H S Veerappa Gowda, Director of Fisheries, GoK; Dr H M Jayaprakash, Registrar, KVAFSU, Bidar; V K Shetty, Managing Director, KFDC, Mangaluru will be the guests of honour.

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