Bhubaneswar: The sea food exports from Odisha has touched Rs 3000 crore in 2018-19.

The Seafood Exporters Association of India president Kamalesh Mishra said that the upward trend in seafood export is against the market recession in the country. This could be possible because of the State government’s support, he said.

Addressing the meeting of the Association, the chief secretary, Asit Tripathy, Thursday said that the State is focusing on seafood production and exports. The chief secretary directed the concerned officers to provide electricity and road connectivity to the clusters.

The State fisheries and animal husbandry secretary, R Raghu Prasad, said that the 107 brackish aquaculture clusters have been identified along the continental shelf and out of this 19 are being developed in the first phase. He said the Odisha Space Application Centre through satellite imagery has identified 3000 hectares of land suitable for brackish water acquaculture.

The fisheries director, N Tirumala Nayak, said Odisha seafood finds it major market in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Middle East and South Eastern Asian Countries.

The chairman of Falcon Group, Tara Prasad Patnaik, along with other seafood exporters of the State raised the issues that the exporters are facing.