Focus on Fisheries Cooperation

Dr. Tómasson met with officials at the Fishery Survey of India in Mumbai on 22 May. During his subsequent three day visit to New Delhi, Dr. Tómasson, accompanied by the       Ambassador and the Embassy’s Trade Advisor, had meetings with Ms. Charusheela Soni, Secretary, and Mr. Ajay Bhattacharya, Joint Secretary, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Dr. S. Ayyapan, Deputy Director General, Fisheries, the Indian Council of Agriculture  Research.

The United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme is funded and operated by the    Government of Iceland.

Ways to strengthen fisheries  cooperation between India and Iceland, particularly through the appropriate student training   programmes at the United       Nations University, figured        prominently in the talks. Three Indian students are expected to take part in  training programmes of the University starting later this year.

India is the third largest fish   producer in the world. Fisheries is an important sector of the Indian economy, contributing to        livelihoods and poverty alleviation with 1,4% of GDP and 3% of  foreign currency earnings.

A draft memorandum of understanding on sustainable fisheries development between India and Iceland has been approved by the Governments of both countries.


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