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Oyster Farms Become a Tourist Attraction

by Ellen Hardy
3 June 2008, at 1:00am

INDIA - An oyster farming village in India has bee turned into a tourist attraction.

The theme village 'Oyster Opera' is at Padanna in the Kasaragod district of Kerala.

According to reports from the Press Trust of India, Managing Director of the theme village Gul Mohammed hit on the idea to start the village with Oyster farming as its theme in an effort to transform the lives of his fellow villagers.

Mohammed, who began growing green mussels on Coir using the technology offered by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (C.I.F.T.), introduced it in his coastal village of Padanna and four other neighbouring villages.

Tourists can see how mussels and oysters are caught by diving into the waters. They can also eat them fresh and uncooked.

Eighteen mussel and oyster farmers, including 15 women, have now been trained to work at the resort as well as working on their oyster farms, the report says.

View the Press Trust of India story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy