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India Allows Cultivation of Shrimp Species

by Ellen Hardy
16 October 2008, at 1:00am

INDIA - The India Union agriculture ministry has granted permission to cultivate the Litopenaeus Vannamei species of shrimp in the country, abiding the wishes of the aquaculture and seafood export industry.

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries under the ministry has notified the guidelines for import of the species and for cultivating it in India. A separate notification carries the guidelines for hatchery production and culture of the species, reports BusinessStandard.

According to the notification, permission for importing broodstock of Vannamei would be granted by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) keeping the annual requirements in mind.

BusinessStandard has said that the CAA, in consultation with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) and Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), would shortlist the overseas suppliers based on the genetic base and disease status. Import of broodstock will be permitted only from such suppliers.

Chennai will be the designated port of entry for the imported broodstock, according to the guidelines. There will be an inspection of the consignment by the Animal Quarantine Officer before it is despatched to the quarantine facility.

The department has also given a direction to constitute monitoring committees at various levels to inspect the farms in which the imported shrimp would be cultivated.

Ellen Hardy