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Vannamei Shrimp Farms Come to India

INDIA - Responding positively to the long pending demand of the aquaculture and seafood export industry, the Indian Union Ministry of Agriculture has granted permission to farm the exotic Litopenaeus Vannamei species of shrimp in the country.

According to the TheHinduBusinessLine, the Indian The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has notified the guidelines for import of the species and its cultivation in India. A separate notification carries the guidelines for hatchery production and culture of the species.

The news agency says that the permission for importing brood-stock of vannamei is to be granted by the Coastal Aquaculture Authority keeping the annual requirements in mind. The imports are subject to bio-security and quarantine requirements, including isolated water supply systems and water treatment facilities. Restrictions have also been placed on import permit and port of entry.

The Coastal Aquaculture Authority would assess the annual requirement of specific pathogen-free vannamei brood-stock before providing import permits to eligible applicants. The Coastal Aquaculture Authority would in consultation with the National Fisheries Development Board, Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture and the Marine Products Export Development Authority shortlist the vannamei suppliers based on the genetic base and disease-free status. Import would be permitted only from such suppliers and Chennai would be the only permitted port of entry for the brood-stock.

the Fish Site Editor

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