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June 11, 2013


Vannamei Helps India Double Production


The switch to Pacific white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) from giant tiger shrimp (P. monodon) has had a huge impact on India’s shrimp production.


Exports of farmed P. vannamei from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (formerly Orissa), the heart of India’s shrimp farming industry, jumped from $385 million in 2011-12 to $730 million in 2012-13.


India exported a record 91,000 metric tons of vannamei in 2012-13, compared to 40,787 tons in 2011-12, boosting total seafood exports by five percent in quantity and 12 percent in value.


India’s Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) reports that 22,715 hectares of ponds are dedicated to vannamei farming, but seafood exporters, some of whom are themselves involved in shrimp farming, estimate that there may at least be 50,000 hectares of vannamei ponds.  Vannamei farmers are even encroaching on forest and government lands, but these ponds are not registered, and their production is not counted in the official statistics.  Vannamei farms produce approximately ten metric tons a hectare every year.


Source: The Hindu.  Pacific Variety Helps Double Shrimp Exports.  June 7, 2013.


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