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Shrimp Industry Facing Crisis

by Ellen Hardy
27 May 2008, at 1:00am

INDIA - The Indian shrimp industry is facing a crisis as demand moves from the black tiger prawn (P. Monodon) to L.Vannamei.

Production costs for L.Vannamei prawns are lower and meat yield is higher.

The production of P. Monodon in India has fallen substantially in the last few years and its revenue is reaching the ebb but farmers seem to have not realised the need to switch over to production of L.Vannamei, according to The Hindu.

The Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture and National Fisheries Development Board are therefore expected to educate and encourage farmers to produce L.Vannamei and permit import of brood stock from the country of its origin, the USA, according to L. Satyanarayana, president of All India Shrimp Hatcheries Association (AISHA).

Mr. Satyanarayana said that the demand for P. Monodon from the US, Japan and southeast Asian countries declined substantially due to a perceptible change in the food habits and other economic forces.

View The Hindu story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy