Origin of MPEDA
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) was constituted in 1972 under the Marine Products Export Development Authority Act 1972 (No.13 of 1972). The role envisaged for the MPEDA under the statute is comprehensive - covering fisheries of all kinds, increasing exports, specifying standards, processing, marketing, extension and training in various aspects of the industry.
Structure, Activities & Network
MPEDA functions under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and acts as a coordinating agency with different Central and State Government establishments engaged in fishery production and allied activities. The composition of the Authority is given in Annex I.
Standing Committees of MPEDA
• Executive Committee
• Technical Committee
• Export Promotion Committee
The plan schemes of the Authority are implemented under seven major heads: 1. Market Promotion
2. Capture Fisheris
3. Culture Fisheries
4. Processing infrastructure & value addition
5. Quality control
6. Research and development
7. Viability gap funding
Work programme of MPEDA
1) Registration of infrastructure facilities for seafood Export trade 2) Collection and dissemination of trade information
3) Projection of Indian marine products in overseas markets by participation in overseas fairs and organising international seafood fairs in India. 4) Implementation of development measures vital to the industry like distribution of insulated fish boxes, putting up fish landing platforms, improvement of peeling sheds, modernisation of industry such as upgrading of plate freezers, installation of IQF machinery, generator sets, ice making machineries, quality control laboratory etc. 5) Promotion of aquaculture for production of shrimp and prawn for export. 6) Promotion of value added Seafoods.
7) Promotion of Tuna fishery.
8) Implementation of organic farming.
9) Conservation management.
OFFICES OF MPEDA
The Head Quarters of MPEDA is located at Kochi in Kerala. The regional offices of MPEDA in Veraval (Gujarat), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Kochi (Kerala, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Visakhapatanam (Andhra Pradesh) and Kolkata (West Bengal) and six sub regional offices at Goa, Mangalore (Karnataka), Kollam (Kerala), Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), Bhubaneswar (Orissa) and Guwahatti (Assam) are functioning as field offices for implementation of various activities of the Authority besides engaging themselves in export promotion of marine products by providing guidance and assistance to the processing industry and the export trade.
Similarly six regional centres in Kochi (Kerala), Panvel (Maharashtra), Valsad (Gujarat), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), and Bhubaneswar (Orissa) and four sub regional centres in Kannur (Kerala), Karwar (Karnataka), Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh) and Kolkota (West Bengal) extend assistance to augment production of shrimp to sustain and increase exports. MPEDA has also set up three stand alone laboratories, other than the one in Head Quarters, at Bhimavaram, Nellore in Andhra Pradesh & Bhubaneswar(Orissa) equipped with sophisticated equipments like LC MS MS for testing various parameters.
The Authority operates two overseas Trade Promotion Offices, one at Tokyo (Japan) and the other at New York (USA) with Resident Directors as Head of Offices. The objectives of the overseas Trade Promotion Offices are to promote seafood imports into the respective countries by liaising with Indian exporters as well as overseas importers, developing contact with Government agencies/officials to remove identified constraints, promote the image of Indian products through publicity campaigns, identify markets for new products, create awareness on the capabilities of Indian processing, packaging, quality inspection procedures etc. and also to identify suitable joint venture...