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India exports seafood to over 120 countries

Published on March 01, 2023

Current Context: According to, India is one of the largest fish producing countries in the world with a production of 14.73 million metric tonnes.It exports seafood to over 120 countries and is among the top 5 fish exporting countries in the world.Nearly 16 % of the country’s agricultural exports constitute fish and fish products.India is also one of the largest exporters of farmed shrimps.

India exports seafood to over 120 countries

  • Reports that India is targeting to reach USD 14 billion by 2025 in marine products export.
  • States that India's seafood market is expected to recover by 2022 boosted by a rise in domestic demand and exports.
  • Mentions that India has launched a National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD) to ensure quality and safety of seafood products.

Some of the main challenges faced by Indian seafood exporters are:

  • Lack of adequate cold storage and transportation facilities, which affects the quality and shelf-life of the products.
  • Congestion at ports and roads¹, which causes delays and increases costs.
  • Stringent quality standards and regulations imposed by importing countries, which require compliance with hygiene, traceability, labelling, etc.
  • Competition from other seafood exporting countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, etc, which offer lower prices and higher volumes.

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following statements is true about India’s seafood exports?
a. India exports seafood to over 120 countries and is among the top 10 fish exporting countries in the world.
b. India exports seafood to over 120 countries and is among the top 5 fish exporting countries in the world. 
c. India exports seafood to over 100 countries and is among the top 5 fish exporting countries in the world.
d. India exports seafood to over 100 countries and is among the top 10 fish exporting countries in the world.

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