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Major plan to drive shrimp production up in country

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The marine products export development authority has planned to expand the aquatic quarantine facility here to increase production by 3.50 lakh metric tonnes per annum.

The foundation stone-laying ceremony for expanding the facility for imported Pacific white was held today, an official press release said.

The expansion would see a rise in farm production and generate higher revenue from exports. Besides, it would help quarantine upto 1.23 lakh brooders per annum, it said.

The Pacific white shrimp or prawn is an exotic species widely in demand in the United States, and markets. Its broodstock is imported mainly from the US, the press release said.

After laying the foundation stone, secretary to department of animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries, government of India, said the ministry of agriculture has given funds to the quarantine facility as part of the 'Blue Revolution' to prioritise and promote aquaculture in the country.

"It (the facility) will also help farming in states such as Gujarat, Odisha, and Kerala", he said.

He promised assistance to the marine products export development authority to achieve high growth in the production and export of

Stating that the quarantine facility had successfully quarantined more than 11 lakh of Pacific white shrimp broodstock so far, of the authority A Jayathilak said the additional capacity would further strengthen the industry and boost shrimp exports.

The marine exports were expected to touch an all-time high of over USD 6 billions, with volumes reaching 1.27 million tonnes, he said.

Initiatives like expanding the quarantine facility would be the key to achieving the target of USD 10 billions from exports by 2022, he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 19:50 IST