Brackish Water Offers Expansion Potential for Tamil Nadu Aquaculture

30 September 2016, at 1:00am

INDIA - Thanks to the availability of 56,000 hectares of brackish water, Tamil Nadu state has great potential to develop brackish water aquaculture, said M. Jayanthi, Principal Scientist, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture (CIBA).

Addressing a training workshop for the benefit of farmers engaged in shrimp aquaculture, she said the state could considerably increase the production of shrimps, sea bass and mud crab if the lands were brought under aquaculture, reports TheHindu.

She said only 10 per cent of the brackish water, which could not be used for any other purpose other than aquaculture, was presently used for aquaculture.

Besides sea bass and mud crab, farmers could grow ‘indicus,’ the native shrimp species, she said.

Presently, farmers were cultivating ‘L.vannamei’, the species exported to foreign countries. Dismissing as ‘disinformation campaign’ that shrimp farms polluted waterbodies and environment, Ms Jayanthi said shrimp was a ‘delicate animal’ and could survive only in clean brackish water.