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Kerala State Begins First Ever Vannamei Shrimp Farming

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INDIA - The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) has started the first vannamei shrimp farming operations in the state.

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Inaugurating the farming venture at the Fisheries Station of KUFOS in Puthuveypu, Minister for Fisheries K Babu said that a model farming system of Litopenaeus Vannamei suitable for the particular brackish water ecosystem of the State would be developed.

KUFOS and Fisheries Department will jointly take the responsibility for cultivating a proper farming system, harmonising the ecological and geographical conditions of the State, he said.

“All procedures proposed by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority should be followed during vannamei farming to get positive results, otherwise it will have negative impact on the ecosystem,” he said.

The trial culture of vannamei, an exotic white leg shrimp, is being launched after an expert committee, led by KUFOS Vice Chancellor Prof. B Madhusoodana Kurup, studied the scientific and technical sides of the project, the minister said.

“Shrimp farmers in the State will be able to understand the ways and techniques of the farming practice of the species by visiting the shrimp farms at KUFOS station," he said.

The Minister also said that the Kerala Fish Seed Bill, 2014 passed by the Assembly will enhance the quantity and quality of fish seeds produced in the State by regulating its production, marketing and stocking.