INDIA: In an attempt to expand shrimp production and increase exports from the state, Odisha Government is planning to implement a series of measures to enhance the farming area for brackish water farming of the crustacean.
As part of the initiative, State officials have devised a five-year plan intended to reach the goal of 200 million tonnes exported seafood and to lease out 24,000 ha of Government land as well as develop required infrastructure for shrimp farming.
“We have also planned to develop at least 1,000 ha of land for aquaculture every year," a Fisheries Department official told The New Indian Express reported.
In addition, the Government would provide infrastructural support, including dedicated electricity feeder and road connectivity, to all 107 clusters in Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Ganjam districts.
The clusters would be connected with all weather roads and round-the-clock electricity supply besides renovation of both in-let and out-let water channels. There are also proposals to develop a number of shrimp hatcheries to provide farmers quality seeds.
The plan also includes an export promotion cell and the diversification of other species which can fetch export market, including sea bass, pangasius and tilapia.
While brackish water fish farmers are being encouraged to produce shrimp through the adoption of best management practices, support is provided for stocking of disease-free vannamei seeds in order to encourage sustainable aquaculture.
To further develop the initiave, the State Government has also signed a memorandum of agreement with World Fish, Malaysia, for providing technical expertise for increasing fish production and productivity in the inland fisheries sector, value addition and encouraging participation of private investors.
Official statistics revealed that Odisha had exported 35,630 tonne of seafood, including frozen shrimp, fish, cuttle fish and crab, to the European Union, the United States, Japan, China, Middle East and Asian countries during 2015-16.