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February 1, 2016


$2.9 Million for a Mud Crab Hatchery in Andhra Pradesh


The Fisheries Department, the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA, a research wing of MPEDA), are establishing a $2.9 million sea bass and mud crab hatchery in the state of Andhra Pradesh.  The hatchery will supply fish and mud crab seed to about 7,000 hectares of projects in coastal Andhra Pradesh.  The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, which runs fish, shrimp and mud crab hatcheries in other states, will provide technical support for the new project.


Crab farmers in the state of Andhra Pradesh used to import expensive mud crab seed from the state of Tamil Nadu, and most of it died in transit.  When the new mud crab hatchery is completed, they will have a more reliable source of less expensive seed.


Mr. S. Kandan, MPEDA Deputy Director of Aquaculture, said currently “crabs are being exported to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and other countries from Andhra Pradesh.  Farmers are raising mud crabs in about 2,000 hectares in mangrove forests in Gilakaladindi Village in Krishna District.  They are getting about $6.62 to $7.37 a kilo for mud crabs in local markets, and the price is almost double in the international market.”


Mr. K. Shanmukha Rao, Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, said that thousands of hectares of mangrove forests have been identified for mud crab farming along the coast of Andhra Pradesh.


Source: The Hindu.  Mud Crab, Seabass Hatchery to Come Up in Guntur District.  February 1, 2016.

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