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Parshottam Rupala Visits Norway's Salmon Hatchery, Aquaculture Technologies Lab During Aqua Nor 2023 Exhibition Meet

The delegation visited AquaNor, 2023 Exhibition at Trondheim Spektrum, interacted with participating enterprises and discussed opportunities for future collaborations.

Shivangi Rai
Delegation participated in the Aqua Nor 2023 Exhibition and interacted with the foreign Delegates.
Delegation participated in the Aqua Nor 2023 Exhibition and interacted with the foreign Delegates.

A high-level delegation led by Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, along with Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, and Ms. Neetu Kumari Prasad, Joint Secretary (Marine Fisheries), Department of Fisheries visited Norway.

The delegation participated in the Aqua Nor 2023 Exhibition and interacted with the foreign Delegates with the vision to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between India and Norway in the field of fisheries and aquaculture.

The second day of the exhibition began with a visit to Belsvik, Norway, where the delegation witnessed the smolt production facility of the Norwegian company, Lerøy, at its onshore Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS).

Moving further, the high level delegation also visited Leroy’s salmon hatcheries at Storskogoya, Norway. Aquaculture is the second largest industry in Norway and private companies in the country have set up nearly 1000 farms in offshore areas.

After their Salmon Hatchery visit, the delegation visited the site of a full-scale aquaculture facility namely, SINTEF ACE. It is a full-scale laboratory facility designed to develop and test new aquaculture technologies. It was discussed that at the lab, researchers can conduct practical experiments and tests, both under optimally controlled and realistic conditions.

After the site visit, the delegation visited the Aqua Nor, 2023 Exhibition at Trondheim Spektrum and interacted with the participating enterprises and discussed the opportunities for future collaborations.

During the tour of the Exhibition, at the stall of the AkerBiomarine, one of the largest biotech innovators and Antarctic krill-harvesting company, the final stage landing of Chandrayaan-3 was screened which was applauded by all those who were present. Skjaeran congratulated the Minister on the historic landing of the Lunar Lander on the South Pole of the Moon. It was coincidental that the Norwegian side had arranged the meeting in the room named ‘Luna’ and took the opportunity to take a picture of both Ministers with the moon in the background.

Moving further, Parshottam Rupala and Dr L. Murugan along with other senior officers visited Clarion Hotel Trondheim, Brattørkaia, Trondheim for Bilateral Meetings with Shri Bjørnar Skjæran, Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Shri Yngve Torgersen, DG, Aquaculture Department, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries(MTIF), Mrs. Astrid Holtan, Director, Trade Policy Department, MTIF, Mrs. Ragnhild Moritz-Olsen, Advisor, Trade Policy, Department, MTIF, Cristian Valdes Carter, Director India & Commercial, Counsellor, Innovation Norway. They discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation in the fields of fisheries and aquaculture. The minister also invited his Norwegian counterpart to visit India at a mutually convenient time.

Parshottam Rupala had a media interaction at the exhibition, where he appreciated the organizers of AquaNor. He stated that he could see some latest technologies in this Exhibition. He also appreciated Bjornar Selena Skjaeran, Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy for his interactions in the last two days.

Replying to a question, he said that India has the world’s second-largest aquaculture production and is aiming to be the global leader. He shared that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a separate Ministry has been created for fisheries and an increased budget has been allocated to look into the welfare of more than 28 million fishermen in India. Dr L Murugan was also present at the media interaction.

The delegation expects to establish and strengthen bilateral ties between India and Norway in the field of fisheries by ardently participating in one of the world's largest trade fairs for aquaculture technology and innovation.

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