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Andhra Pradesh: World Fisheries Day to see launch of aqua hub project by Arpit Basu November 20,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

With chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy scheduled to inaugurate aqua bazaars and aqua hub project on Saturday, Visakhapatnam is getting ready to house its first outlet of the sort at RTC Complex. A total of 150 state-of-the-art fish markets are slated to come up under this project. Joint director fisheries K Phani Prakash said, “November 21 is celebrated as World Fisheries Day. On that day, our chief minister will inaugurate the project.” As per the project plan, these fish markets will be known as ‘aqua bazaars’ in rural areas while a hub-and-spoke model would be adopted in urban areas. Aqua hubs will come up in big cities from where produce would be distributed to retail outlets.

Aqua bazaars and outlets will essentially have four parts: a live fish section, ice fish and prawn section, frozen section and a dressing section to clean, cut and pack. State fisheries minister Seediri Appalaraju said, “Despite being one of the largest fish and prawn producing states in India, almost all our produce is exported globally. Fish consumption in Andhra Pradesh is very low. This project is supposed to increase the rate of fish consumption in the state and use the state’s fish and produce within the state more.” A senior fisheries department official said that the state


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