November 25, 2008


India's National Fisheries Development Board to revive shrimp farming sector


The Indian National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) is setting up a multiplication centre for disease-free shrimp seed production in Srikakulam to revive the shrimp farming sector.


NFDB Chief Executive P. Krishnaiah said that a MOU was signed between NFDB and Moana Technologies India Pte Ltd, a joint venture company comprising Moana Hong Kong Ltd and 2 local companies to develop specific pathogen free shrimp seed with a production capacity of 3 billion post larvae per year for distribution to shrimp farmers in India.


The construction of the Rs300 million-centre covering 100 acres at Mulapolam village in Sompeta mandal of Srikakulam district would start in 2 months, he said.


Mr Krishnaiah said that NFDB, in association with Coastal Aquaculture Authority, Marine Products Export Development Authority and Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture was setting up a Rs20 million Aquatic Animal Quarantine facility at Chennai for regulated import of L. Vannamei brood stock, popularly called as white prawn, to promote it in place of ''Black Tiger'' variety as it would be economical and more in demand in the European market.


With a budget of Rs15 billion for the next 4 years, NFDB charted out plans to focus on fisheries development in reservoirs, intensive aquaculture in ponds and tanks, deep sea fishing and tuna processing through technology, subsidies.


We hope to increase fish production from 6.5 million tonnes to 10 million tonnes by 2012 and exports to touch Rs150 billion from the present Rs8.5 billion, Mr Krishnaiah added.


To increase create awareness about rich nutritional value of fish, the National Fish Festival would be organised in January, he added.

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