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August 15, 2015


Tamil Nadu—Government Slow to Renew Shrimp Farm Licenses


The $215 million shrimp farming industry in the state of Tamil Nadu has been crippled by a bureaucracy that’s slow to renew licenses.


On August 12, 2015, shrimp farmers said of the 2,500 shrimp farms functioning in six coastal districts of the state, around 800 are located in the Nagai District, a front-runner in shrimp exports.  The district alone brings in $61.5 million in foreign exchange.


Even though the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), a statutory body for regulating shrimp farming, constituted district level committees to expedite the issue of licenses, several applications for new and renewal licenses have been pending for several years.


Balasubramaniam, General Secretary of the Prawn Farmers Federation of India, said: “Shrimp farms are located only along the underdeveloped costal districts, and we use only lands with saline soils for the shrimp farming.  ...Since we are fetching ample foreign exchange to the nation, the process of issuing licenses should be made easy for them.”


Of the 800 farms, only 250 have received renewed licenses.  When contacted about the problem, a fisheries department official said, “Since various departments are involved in realizing licenses, it will certainly take time to forward our reports to CAA, which is the authority for final approval.  Anyhow, we will take up the issue...[at a] meeting to be convened in a month.”


Source: The New Indian Express.  Shrimp Farm Owners Stage Stir in Nagai.  August 13, 2015.

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