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May 23, 2015


Goa—Government Proposes Crab Farming in Khazan Fields


In the state of Goa, on India’s east coast, khazan fields, former mangroves that have been converted for traditional agriculture crops, are generally neglected by farmers because of their low yields.  To make them financially attractive to farmers, the Goa Fisheries Department is supporting a plan to use them for mud crab farming.  Goa has about 18,000 hectares of khazan fields


India’s Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kerala says that crab farming is developing rapidly in the coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and that the following states have good potential for crab farming: West Bengal, Orissa, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.  Karnataka has about 8,000 hectares and Maharashtra about 80,000 hectares of khazan fields that are ideal for crab farming.


The common mud crabs Scylla serrata and S. oceanica have been proposed for culture, but S. oceanica is preferred because it grows to a maximum size of 1.5 kilograms and does not cause damage to dikes or to the fences used to partition the crab ponds.


Source: The Times of India.  Govt to Venture into Producing CrabsJoaquim Fernandes.  May 23, 2015.

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