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Tuna exports from India soar
Our Bureau
Date of posting: 11-09-07
      Tuna exports from India have risen 88 per cent over last year to touch Rs 130 crore this year.

      The Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) is in the process of introducing new technology and products to boost exports of value-added tuna.

      Kuruvilla Thomas, marketing director, MPEDA, was quoted as saying that going by the current trend, exports of tuna was expected to cross Rs 200 crore this year. At present, tuna is exported from India mostly in the whole frozen form. However, the country has started exporting Sashimi grade tuna as well following MPEDA’s tuna development programme.

      While exporting Sashimi grade tuna loins, almost 50 per cent of the tuna meat goes waste. Now, MPEDA in association with Maple Foods of Tokyo is planning to convert this portion of meat into value added products such as tuna croquette, tuna jerky, tuna pate, tuna roast, tuna sausage etc.

      Maple Foods Ltd, one of the leading importers of Indian seafood to Japan plans to import these value added products and said that they have a great market potential in Japan.

       Tetsuji Totsune, president of Maple Foods assured full cooperation of the company in developing tuna industry in India. If the quality standards of the products could be maintained, he also assured the participants that his company would continue to buy these value-added products.

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