SAARC Regional Consultation on Development of Aquaculture for Commercially Important Finfishes in South Asia

National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) together with SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) organized the SAARC Regional Consultation on Development of aquaculture for commercially important finfishes in South Asia' during 26-28 March 2019 at Hilton, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

The consultation meeting was graced by the Hon. DilipWedaarachchi, State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Mr. K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation and Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, and Mr. N. P. Madawan Arachchi, Chairman, NAQDA. The consultation meeting was attended by six SAARC member countries participants. 

Objectives of the SAARC Regional Consultation are to 

a) Identification/listing of the commercially important cultivable finishes of South Asia that are of high market demand and export potential. 

b) Review the research and development needs for sustainable finfish aquaculture development in the SAARC countries. 

c) Coordination of the regional research, extension and training activities to assist the development of sustainable finfish culture in South Asia.