October 24, 2016

 

Rice farmers in Indian state switching to shrimp

 

 

Rice farmers in coastal areas of India's Andhra Pradesh state are switching to farming white shrimp, the Economic Times of India reported.

 

In Andhra Pradesh, vannamei shrimp farming has raked in US$44.9 billion, according to the Times report.

 

The report cited official data that showed that the area under paddy in that state has been progressively decreasing over the last few years. It said paddy cultivation shrank 10% in 2015-16 after dipping 7% in the previous year, mostly in coastal districts.