is scope for increasing the area under coastal aquaculture
and boost shrimp production by bringing in an additional
one lakh hectare to produce about one lakh tonnes of shrimp
in the next five years, minister of state for agriculture,
Taslimuddin said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
however, said no target in terms of value could be fixed
for the next five years due to the fluctuations in the
shrimp price in the international market and the exchange
rate of rupee.
measures taken by the government in order to boost prawn
/ shrimp production in the country include:
429 fish farmers development agencies (FEDAs) and 39
brackish water fish farmers development agencies (BFDAs)
have been set up to provide a package of technical,
financial and extension support to prawn / shrimp farmers
for production of fresh water prawn (scampi) as well
as brakishwater shrimp.
ii. Financial assistance in the form of subsidy is also
provided to the beneficiaries through these agencies
to undertake farming activities.
iii. Coastal states have been asked to review the land
lease policy to bring in additional areas for coastal
iv. Guidelines have been formulated under the rules
framed under the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act,
2005 for regulating coastal aquaculture to ensure sustainable
development of shrimp aquaculture in the country and
for adopting good management practices.
v. The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has
approved a proposal to set up a multiplication centre
by availing technology from a Hawaiian firm to produce
specific pathogen-free seeds of P.monodon for supply
to the shrimp farmers.
Risk analysis / assessment study has been undertaken
to study and advise the Government on the pros and cons
of introducing exotic shrimp varieties and for suggesting
a clear and well regulated mechanism for importation
of stocks of such species.