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First National Conference On The Promotion Of Seaweed Cultivation

First National Conference On The Promotion Of Seaweed Cultivation:

The first National Conference on the Promotion of Seaweed Cultivation took place at Koteshwar, Kutch in Gujarat.

  • It was chaired by Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala .
  • Implementing seaweed cultivation on a pan-India basis, emphasizing the promotion of seaweed cultivation to diversify marine production and enhance fish farmer income.
  • Seaweed is the name given to the many species of marine algae and plants.
  • These species grow in water bodies such as rivers, seas and oceans.
  • They generally grow in the shallow waters in the tidal zone.
  • Some seaweeds are microscopic, such as the phytoplankton that live suspended in the water column.
  • Seaweed is full of vitamins, minerals, & fibre.
  • Many seaweeds contain anti-inflammatory & anti-microbial agents.
  • They are known to process significant medicinal effects.
  • Certain seaweeds possess powerful cancer-fighting agents.
  • They are used in organic cosmetics & skin-care products.
  • Seaweed Farming is the practice of cultivating and harvesting seaweed.
  • Seaweeds are abundant along the Tamil Nadu and Gujarat coasts and around Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • Seaweed Mission aims to commercialize seaweed farming and processing for value addition.
  • It also aims to increase cultivation along India’s 7,500-kilometer coastline.