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September 7 2015


MPEDA Promotes Crab Culture in Andhra Pradesh


In an attempt to promote mud crab farming in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) has identified 5,000 hectares of brackish water ponds that could be converted to crab farms.  


S. Kandan, Deputy Director of MPEDA in Vijayawada, said, “We have identified seven villages that have huge potential to cultivate mangrove crabs, scientifically known as Scylla serrata.  We have also made arrangements to prepare the seed and feed, as we are planning to commence the cultivation here within six months from now.”  It will cost $2,240 per hectare to set up the ponds for crab farming, and the growout period will be eight months.  Dr. Kandan added that, “Since MPEDA is going to purchase the produce from farmers directly, we can promise returns to the tune of $4,483 per hectare.”


MPEDA’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is keen on the project and has already convened several rounds of meetings with officials and scientists on various issues related to mud crab farming.  The farms are to be introduced in Pallam, Nelirevu, Cherriyanam, Surasani Yanam, Rajanagaram and Balusutippa villages, where women will be given special training in crab farming.


Source: The Hindu.  MPEDA to Promote Crab Culture in EG.  K.N. Murali Sankar.  September 7, 2015.

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