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February 6, 2015


Broodstock Multiplication Center Destroys 8,000 Broodstock


At its broodstock multiplication center in Visakhapatnam, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has destroyed 8,000 Penaeus vannamei broodstock because the Ministry of Agriculture did not grant permission for their sale in time.


Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), a research unit of the MPEDA, runs the multiplication center and supplies specific pathogen free (SPF) broodstock to registered hatcheries across the country.  Farmers, however, are often forced to purchase broodstock from unregistered hatcheries because of delays at the multiplication center.


MPEDA Deputy Director S. Kandan said we destroyed 8,000 Penaeus vannamei broodstock recently.  We usually raise the broodstock up to 40 grams and then sell them to hatcheries to produce quality seed.  But, due to the delay, the shrimp grew to 75 grams each and were unsuitable for breeding.


Some farmers alleged foul play by some of the private, unauthorized hatchery owners, saying they encouraged the destruction so they would have a better market for their unauthorized broodstock.


Farmers S. Bhaskar Rao and B. Krishna complained that the broodstock procured from unauthorized broodstock do not grow well and suffer high mortalities.


Source: The Hindu.  Prawn Seed Worth Rs. Crore 32 Culled.  Rajulapudi Srinivas.  January 28, 2015.

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