Kerala Current Affairs - 2020

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Poultry Culling ordered by Kerala Government to control Bird Flu

On March 14, 2020, the Kerala Government ordered poultry culling. Parappanagadi has been identified as the Epicenter of bird flu. The Government of Kerala is to cull poultry within one-kilometer radius.

What is poultry culling?

Poultry Culling is the process by which unwanted chicks or male embryo are disposed. This is done in industrial egg production. Culling do not involve anaesthetics. Culling is done using carbon dioxide, cervical dislocation and maceration.

Poultry in India

India exports 4,49,527 metric tonnes of poultry products. The major export destination of Indian Poultry are Russia, Maldives, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Oman. According to APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority), eggs and broilers are increasing at the rate of 8% to 10%.

India was positioned 17th in global poultry production in 2019. Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are the major Poultry producing states in the country.

Today India is the fifth largest producer of eggs and eighteenth largest producer of broilers.

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India International Seafood Show held in Kochi

The Marine Products Export Development Authority Organized International Sea Food Show in Kochi. Around 5,000 delegates participated in the show. The show will provide a platform for overseas importers of Indian marine products and also for Indian exporters.

The Show is being held between February 7, 2020 and February 9, 2020.

Highlights

Around 350 stalls, 200 exhibitors and 5,000 delegates are to participate at the event. The show was previously held in Goa in January 2018. The show was organized under the theme

Theme: Blue Revolution: Beyond Production to Value Addition

IISS is one of Asia’s largest food fair. The fair is being held in Kerala after a gap of 12 years. Kerala’s Fisheries sector is important because it contributes 3% of India’s GDP.

Significance

The show aims to increase the seafood trade of India in global market from 4.1% to 6.7% by 2030.

Fisheries Sector

The Global Fisheries sector contribute to 1% of world GDP. The total world population involved in fisheries industry is 40.5 million.

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