MoU signed between Odisha, MPEDA to set up Lab

Bhubaneswar, Nov 06: In order to boost the exports of marine products in the state, the Odisha government has signed a MoU with Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) to set up a modern laboratory here.

The proposed lab will come up at Kaushalyaganga on the outskirts of the state capital with an estimated investment of Rs 15 crore. The lab will help the fish farmers of the state and neighbouring West Bengal to improve the quality of the fish products.

The Marine Products Export Development Authority is a statutory body set up by the Government of India under the MPEDA Act 1972. It has three such "State of the Art" laboratories, one in Kerala and two in Andhra Pradesh. The proposed lab in Odisha would be fourth of its kind.

While export of marine products of India has reached all time high of Rs 30,213.26 crore in 2013-14, Odisha has earned Rs 1,817 crore from exports of Marine Food products, said Fisheries Minister Pradeep Maharathy, who attended the function marking the signing of the agreement with MPEDA.

Since Odisha has a long coastline of about 480 km, the state government wanted to use it and increase the marine fish production in the state, the Minister said.