1) MPEDA PROFILE
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is established under the Marine Products Export Development Authority Act 1972, (No 13 of 1972) by Government of India to promote the development, with special reference to export of marine products.
MPEDA is a nodal agency under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Govt. of India) to promote the export of marine products. The role envisaged for the MPEDA under the statute is comprehensive covering all works relating to promotion of raw material production by capture and culture fisheries, processing, marketing, extension, specifying export standards and providing training in various aspects of the industry. It endeavors to strengthen the Indian seafood industry and set standards in the global seafood scenario. MPEDA also coordinate with other Ministries, State Governments, the Seafood Industry and Scientific & Research Institutions.
MPEDA at its Headquarters at Kochi has various sections like Quality Control, Laboratory, Aquaculture, Development, Marketing Service, Statistics, Publicity, Electronic Data Processing, Ornamental Fish, Administration, Official Language Implementation, Registration, Appraisal & Investment, Personnel and Accounts section. MPEDA’s organizational network consists of its Headquarters at Kochi, Kerala and twenty eight field offices across the maritime states of India. MPEDA also operates three societies (NaCSA, NETFISH and RGCA), three Trade Promotion Offices at New Delhi, India, Tokyo, Japan; and New York, USA.
MPEDA has established four state of the art Laboratories at Kochi (Kerala), Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), Bhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh) and Bhubaneswar (Odisha) for implementation of National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) as well as analysis of commercial samples. In addition to the above laboratories, MPEDA has setup eleven ELISA Laboratories across maritime states for Pre-Harvest screening of banned antibiotic residues like Chloramphenicol and Nitrofuran Metabolites in Aquaculture products.
The MPEDA QC laboratory at Nellore was set up in 2003.
The MPEDA is officially designated vide Govt. of India Notification S.O. 1034 (E) dated 09.09.2003 to carry out the National Residue Control Plan on behalf of the Competent Authority for testing of aquaculture products. Various government agencies and regulatory bodies from the importing countries visit these Laboratories.
The MPEDA QC Laboratory, Nellore is accredited by NABL since 2006 under IS/ISO/IEC 17025:2017.