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November 22, 2015


Andhra Pradesh—Fisheries Policy 2015-2020


The state of Andhra Pradesh has identified the fisheries sector as one of the growth engines for socio-economic development.  Its new fisheries policy outlines the developmental objectives, management measures and strategies to be implemented over the next five years.  The policy aims to help the state modernize it fisheries sector by creating a stakeholder-friendly eco-system for attracting new technology and investments.  Public/private partnerships in several aspects of the fisheries value chain will be encouraged by providing financial incentives.  Further, the policy will promote innovation and encourage better technology through research and development.  It will also safeguard the rights of small fishermen, encourage increased participation of women and implement schemes for the welfare of fishermen.


The outcome expected from the new five-year policy is the expansion of shrimp and fish production to 4.2 million metric tons from the present level of about 1.9 million tons and to double their exports value from $1.2 to $2.4 billion.



Some of the Provisions of New Policy that Relate to Shrimp Farming


• New shrimp processing and cold storage facilities will receive a 50% subsidy (including the land cost) from a $756,000 fund.  The cost of land must not exceed 15% of the total project cost.


• Pumps and aerators will receive a 50% subsidy.  Solar pumps, solar lights and solar-based aerators will receive a 60% subsidy for up to two hectares per farmer per year.


• Incentives will be provided to feed mills, aerator manufacturers and producers of fish processing equipment.


• In conjunction with insurance companies, crop and equipment insurance will be offered.


• A special fund of $756,000 will be created for government research institutions.  When they partner with the private sector, those projects will receive a 60% subsidy.


• Research in new technology such as indoor high-density sustainable shrimp culture and bio-floc technology will be promoted in consultation with national and international experts.


• Quarantine facilities and multiplication centers for Penaeus vannamei and other exotic species will be established or promoted in Muthukuru (Nellore District), Kakinada (East Godavari District) and Visakhapatnam.


• Unauthorized and substandard hatcheries will be closed by invoking the provisions of the AP Seed Act, with the assistance of Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) and the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).


• An assessment of seedstock requirements will be made and the establishment of hatcheries will be encouraged.


Sources: 1. Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: Latest Fisheries Policy G.O. for Your Info.  From: Sharat Industries Limited GM Finance  (email  November 21, 2015.  2. Government of Andhra Pradesh, Abstract (a 24-page PDF).  Fisheries Department—Fisheries Policy of Andhra Pradesh 2015-2020.  Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department.  G.O. Ms. No.30.  From the Commissioner of Fisheries, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad.  Letter No.1860/B1/2015, dated 2.5.2015.  Dr. Manmohan Singh, Principal Secretary to Government.  October 31, 2015.

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