Society for Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture (SIFA) is a registered body set up to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture industry in the country. SIFA is promoted by a team of professionals supported by stalwarts with rich experience in fisheries and aquaculture from all over the country. The prime aim of SIFA is to serve as a platform for all stakeholders and bring the latest technologies, products, services,equipments & machineries to benefit the fisheries and aquaculture industry to increase fish production, productivity and profitability. Under SIFA it is planned to organise National and International Exhibitions, Forums, Meetings, Conferences, Seminars and Symposia, etc.

AquaApp is a revolutionary business model that brings together the farmers, aqua product manufacturers & service providers under single technology platform banishing the cluttered pricing structure and unfair practice. AquaApp enables farmers to overcome most of the challenges and enables them offering value added services such as management, input supplies, lab testing, health products, insurance, consultancy and technology based solutions.

Fisheries is one of the fast growing sectors generating income and employment. The sector aims at exploitation of all the possible resources under capture and culture fishery base for increasing fish production and productivity through sustainable development. The sector is contributing considerably for, food security, nutrition and health, lively hood security to rural population, and welfare of fishers. The fisheries department has a vision to make optimal utilization of natural resources for fish production, promotes freshwater aquaculture, supported by infrastructure & trained manpower. Telangana State Fisheries works on a mission to make holistic development of the sector, with focus on enhancement of productivity and production, self-suciency in fish seed demand, supply of fish at an a?ordable price in hygienic condition and render welfare schemes to fishers.

Fisheries is one of the fastest growing sectors and contributing substantially to the GSDP of the Andhra Pradesh State. The sector aims at exploitation of all the possible water resources under capture and culture fishery base for increasing fish production and productivity through sustainable development. The sector is contributing significantly for food security, lively hood support to rural population and income generation through seafood exports. Realising its importance, the Fisheries sector is identified as one of the growth engines for achieving the double digit growth and included as one of the key sectors in Primary Mission in the State.

Hyderabad International Trade Expositions Limited, popularly called HITEX is a top-notch MICE destination in the country and the most signature exposition destination of Hyderabad. Established in 2003 and envisioned to be one of the comprehensive events and expositions destination in the country, HITEX in no short time carved a niche for itself as an integrated facility for events, exhibitions, conferences, live shows and expositions.

Steering Committee

Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta
Chairman Advisory Board, SIFA

Dr. Gupta is a world renowned scientist and acclaimed globally to his exemplary research services and introducing innovations in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture. His illustrious career spanning over five decades with various international organizations started with ICAR in 1962. He rose to prominence in 70’s with his path breaking discoveries which reduced the yield gaps and doubled the aquaculture production. He laid foundation for Blue Revolution and is the proud recipient of World Food Prize in 2005, which is regarded as the Noble Prize of Food & Agriculture sector.

V. Ramchandra Raju
President : Society for Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture-SIFA
President : Delta Fish Farmers Welfare Association, AP

Mr. Raju, an alumnus of IIT Delhi, is widely regarded as the Father of Fisheries in India. His farming background instigated a zeal in him to take it as a career and excel in the aquaculture field through innovation and modern practices enabling revolutionary outputs. From the past three decades, he has been setting new benchmarks in the industry by pioneering the introduction of new technologies and implementing advanced fisheries development programs. As an account of his unmatched expertise, he has been inducted as a consultant for various Fisheries Associations, Government Departments and Private bodies.

Dr Suvarna Chandrappagari, IFS
Commissioner, Fisheries at Government of Telangana

Dr Suvarna Chandrappagari is an IFS (Indian Forest Service) officer working as Commissioner, Fisheries, Government of Telangana, India. She is an agronomist academically, Doctorate in Rural Development and a Hubert H Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellow (2005-2006) from Cornell University, USA. She worked in various capacities in the Forest and Rural Development Departments with focus on community based natural resource management and equity issues. She published papers on natural resource management based subjects in national and international journals. She attended international conferences, symposia, and study tours in several countries. Her specialization is in; Community watershed/Natural resources/ forest management, Women Self Help Groups, micro-credit, gender issues, training and capacity building.

Dr Dilip Kumar
Member Advisory Board, SIFA
Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Planning and Policy Adviser
International Civil Service (FAO of UN) – Retired
Ex Director/VC of ICAR CIFE Mumbai, India

Dr Dilip is a fisheries / aquaculture professional with over thirty five years of exposure and experience while working with national (Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India) and International / Regional organizations namely FAO, UNDP, IFAD, UNOPS, NACA in India, South and Southeast Asian countries and briefly in East African countries in various capacities such as Scientist, Project Leader, Associate, Head of Division, Aquaculture Extension and Training Expert, Chief Technical Advisor / Team Leader and Director / Vice Chancellor.

Dr. R. Suresh
Vice President, SIFA
Member Secretary Advisory Board, SIFA

Dr.R.Suresh is a Fisheries Professional with 30 years of Academic, Research, Extension, Administration and Consultancy experience. He has obtained B.F.Sc., M.F.Sc. Ph.D. (Aquaculture), MBA degrees. His field of specialisation include Aquaculture and Fish Marketing. As Professor, he was involved in teaching, development and transfer of aquaculture technologies, fish marketing studies and in development of e-Learning programme in Fisheries Science. He served as Consultant for FAO, Ministry of Environment & Forests, NABARD Consultancy Services and as Sr. Consultant for National Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. He has organised many National Seminars, Symposia and Conferences in Fisheries. He has received many awards and fellowships for his contribution to Fisheries research.

KV Nagendra Prasad, BE, MBA, CEM
MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Industry Professional
COO HITEX, Hyderabad
President, Indian Exhibition Industry Association

Exhibition & Retail Real Estate Industry Professional with 20 years experience in Sales & Marketing, Strategy & Business Development, Global Networking, Association Management, etc.
Worked for leading corporates : Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Reliance Infocomm Ltd. and Tata Sky Ltd.; Associated with leading industry associations : International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IEIA), Dallas, USA, Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), Paris, Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), etc.

Venu Dantuluri
Founder, AquaApp
Chairman, Aqua Farming Technologies and Solutions

Mr. Venu has his humble roots being born in an agriculturist family in the united Andhra and growing up amidst Aqua farms and surroundings of the trade. He has, however, always been true to his beliefs and has contributed immensely towards nature and sustainable living practices. It was his dream to build an aqua farming community and live as a social entrepreneur for causes that he feels passionately about. He is at the forefront of the project ‘AquaEx India’ that he has been working on for few years and is also the founder for AquaApp — an aquaculture holistic platform for the farmers and traders alike. Venu believes AquaEx can offer a much needed platform for Farmers, Service Providers, Traders and Manufacturers.

Samir Patra
GS & COO, Society for Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture (SIFA)
Project Chief, AquaEx India

Samir is an award winning, brand communication and business strategist, from London. He spent about 20 years working for both large and small businesses in the UK and USA with a focus on design and product development, retail strategy, travel, corporate communication and new brand/product launches. His specialties and experience in shaping business positioning and product strategies help Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry to imbibe a platform in form of an International Expo (AquaEX India). With a dream of creating enormous benefit, sustainable business and financial freedom to all stakeholders in the fisheries, Samir continues developing innovation investment strategies.

Pavan Raju
Chief PR Officer – Aquaex India
Founder – Human Corporate Resource Management

Pavan Raju is a fresh, young and eccentric graduate from Christ University, Bangalore having a passion for entrepreneurial works. He’s also the founder of his own management consultancy firm working in a variety of industries for business solutions in India and the Middle East. With a family background within the Agro Farming and Husbandry sector, he has advocated in the advancement of high potential segments such as aquaculture and fisheries among-st a few to newer leading heights. With a strong front in networking and building relationships.

Arun Raju
Chief Event Coordinator – AquaEx India 2018
Entry Level Graphic Designer

Arun Raju is an aspiring entrepreneur possessing management skills of yellow belt six sigma. He is an entry level graphic designer trying to simplify ideas and philosophies put across him and presenting them in simple yet fully informative infographics and motion graphics. He also has a diverse set of skills in email marketing, social media tools and managing databases/directories. A family background with experience and livelihood in agriculture and animal husbandry, his ambition is to automate the above sector with advanced revolutionary technology and eradicate world hunger.



Hitex, on an ‘event’ful path to excellence as MICE destination.

Hyderabad International Trade Expositions Limited, popularly called HITEX is a top-notch MICE destination in the country and the most signature exposition destination of Hyderabad. Established in 2003 and envisioned to be one of the comprehensive events and expositions destination in the country, HITEX in no short time carved a niche for itself as an integrated facility for events, exhibitions, conferences, live shows and expositions. HITEX is located in the Information Technology corridor of Hyderabad and is appreciably nestled in the midst of vibrant and varied economic activity featuring IT parks, corporate districts, hospitality arenas, entertainment, retail, food and beverages besides being well connected with rail, road and air. HITEX heralded as one of the most exciting chapters in the economic evolution of Hyderabad has positioned itself in the niche league of MICE destinations in the country as well the continent. With an ahead-of-time vision and a well-laid out plan, HITEX has redrawn the exposition portrait. With a vast repertoire of exhibition facilities backed by state-of-the-art support systems, HITEX has been the favourite destination for national, international and highly prestigious public events and expositions. HITEX is spread over an area of 53 acres and is jointly operated with the Government of Telangana. It offers an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor exhibition & activity spots that can be perfectly suited for the requirement of any genre, scale and stature. No wonder HITEX in the past decade saw highly versatile activities-chart ranging from a multi-product exhibition to gala musical extravaganza, from a product launch to annual employees revelry. This has significantly made HITEX a signature destination in the city enjoying top recall, visibility and consistent patronage.


Hitex extensively features world-class amenities, high-end support systems ably driven by well-trained taskmasters and battery of personnel always dedicated to make every activity a comfortable and hassle-free experience. The top facilities include VIP Room, business center, Messebistro, Wifi, organizer’s office, onsite branding (road medians, hoardings, balloons, lollipops, arches, banners, trapeziums, LED screens, hall fascia etc.) Hitex operates multiple in-house teams that plan and execute events on strategic, on ground, creative and marketing fronts. Inspired by this distinct strength, Hitex organizes its own brand events catering to multitudes of target groups from children to home seekers, sports lovers to gardening enthusiasts, etc.

With an ever-growing portfolio and an innovative roadmap to expand and absorb diverse clientele, Hitex continues to stay in the reckoning year round. Having clocked an enviable event list of more than 1000 since inception, Hitex continues to add modern features and woo a broad array of national and international activities including in-house events.

Exhibition Hall

HITEX has three expansive highly customizable exhibition halls which are one of the South India’s largest facilities. These halls can accommodate 2000 pax in seating and also offers highest degree of optimization being pillar-free and seamless and are finely contiguous being ideal venues for corporate events, conferences, exhibitions and social gatherings. The halls are well-equipped with state-of-the-art resources, modern infrastructure, internet connection, power backup, CCTVs, etc) in addition to excellent ambience. The indoor event space comprises of 10,500 square metres of area and one hall of 3,500 square metres is acoustically endowed.

Outdoor Space

The outdoor arenas are massive and varied enough to host large gatherings as well as niche social gatherings on controlled invitation. The paved open air space comprises 25,000 square metres and are aesthetically paved and expansive spaces well connected with other amenities and support systems. The open grounds expand over an area of 52,000 square metres.