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December 22, 2014


Turning Swamps into Shrimp Farms




Sampurn Agri Ventures Private Limited (SAVPL), based in the northwest state of Punjab, is using swampy wastelands to farm shrimp and to produce biogas through paddy straw composting.  Sanjeev Nagpal, founder and director of SAVPL, says wheat and rice cultivation in Punjab resulted in soil degradation and water table imbalances.  While the water table declined in most areas, it rose in southwest Punjab, creating high-salinity, swampy wastelands that were no good for agriculture.


In October 2014, after completing a pilot project, funded by the private sector, SAVLP exported some shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) to Dubai.


Now, Nagpal plans to develop 20-to-30-acre shrimp farms around some of the waterlogged villages in southwest Punjab.  He said, “Each project will rehabilitate almost 40,000 acres of wastelands and will benefit more than 3,000 farmers and create employment for 10,000 people.  ...Now that we have set up the technology demonstration unit...we are...looking at various funding options.”


Video: For a one-minute video of the project, click on the link in the source below.


Information: Sanjeev Nagpal, Sampurn Agri Ventures Private Limited (SAVPL), House No. 52, Sector 6, Panchkula-134109, Haryana, Punjab, India (mobile phone 098722 06992, email, webpage


Source:  Sampurn Agri Ventures – Using Water Logged Wastelands for Shrimp Farming.  No Date.  Website Visit on December 22, 2014.

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