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August 29 2015


Andhra Pradesh—Prakasam District Wants to Double Shrimp Hectares with Subsidies


The Fisheries Department in the Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh has embarked on a plan to double shrimp production by switching to Penaeus vannamei, reviving old P. monodon ponds that were wiped out by whitespot, and lowering the farmer’s costs by subsidized equipment, seed and feed.  It plans to double the number of hectares in production from 3,000 to 6,000.


Fisheries Development Officer K. Lakshminarayana said that selected players would be offered a subsidy of $3,000 per hectare for specific-pathogen-free seed, feed and chemicals.


The Fisheries Department also has a plan to provide a $7,558 subsidy for a $15,000 mobile lab that would test soil, water and shrimp for diseases.  Farmers will also have access to a 50 percent subsidy on the purchase of solar pumps and aerators.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  India Wants to Double Space for More Shrimp Ponds in Andhra Pradesh.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  August 25, 2015.

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