Trade barriers: Implications for Indian Fisheries Sector

Madan, M S and Shyam, S Salim (2012) Trade barriers: Implications for Indian Fisheries Sector. In: World Trade Agreement and Indian Fisheries Paradigms: A Policy Outlook, 17-26 September 2012, Kochi.


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    The fisheries sector of Indian economy provides livelihood to millions of poor households located in the coastal belt of the country. These households generate income through harvest, marketing and export of marine fishes and fish products. From the point of view of employment and income generation, international trade plays significant role. In many ways, fish as a food commodity is treated as a poor sister to agriculture. In many developing countries including India, prosperity of the fisheries sector relies largely on the international trade. It is the trade aspect of the sector that would be the focus of this paper. Even though India’s trade share in this sector is only 2.64 per cent in 2006–07 to the total global trade (with total global trade amounting to about US$ 70 billion1), in rupee terms it constitute a non trivial amount of Rs 83630 million. The country faces both tariff and non-tariff barriers in fish trade and is imposing high tariff in case of imports. India till now has a restrictive stand as far as fish import is concerned, while countries open up their markets for India. Given such varied economic and political dimensions, it is necessary to take a stock of the present situation. This assumes all the more importance in the light of the proposed trade agreement with many countries and trade blocks. This article makes an attempt to analyse the aspects of international trade in Indian fisheries sector in the light of World Trade Organization (WTO).

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Trade barriers; Indian Fisheries Sector
    Subjects: Marine Fisheries
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fisheries Economics
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2012 04:47
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:53

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