India – Broodstock Multiplication Center Destroys 8,000 Broodstock – MPEDA keen on producing ‘Make in India’ shrimp seed
At its broodstock multiplication center in Visakhapatnam, the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has destroyed 8,000 Penaeus vannamei broodstock because the Ministry of Agriculture did not grant permission for their sale in time.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), a research unit of the MPEDA, runs the multiplication center and supplies specific pathogen free (SPF) broodstock to registered hatcheries across the country. Farmers, however, are often forced to purchase broodstock from unregistered hatcheries because of delays at the multiplication center.
MPEDA Deputy Director S. Kandan said we destroyed 8,000 Penaeus vannamei broodstock recently. We usually raise the broodstock up to 40 grams and then sell them to hatcheries to produce quality seed. But, due to the delay, the shrimp grew to 75 grams each and were unsuitable for breeding.
Some farmers alleged foul play by some of the private, unauthorized hatchery owners, saying they encouraged the destruction so they would have a better market for their unauthorized broodstock.
Farmers S. Bhaskar Rao and B. Krishna complained that the broodstock procured from unauthorized broodstock do not grow well and suffer high mortalities.
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is keen on producing shrimp seed indigenously and supplying it to farmers. In fact, MPEDA is awaiting the Union government’s nod for the project. Speaking at a meeting of aqua farmers, organised by the Fisheries Department recently, MPEDA Deputy Director (Aquaculture) S. Kandan had announced that the Centre was ready to promote the ‘Make in India’ brood of finer quality. “If the Centre gives permission, we are ready to produce disease-free shrimp seed in the country and supply it to farmers at reduced cost,” Dr. Kandan had said at the meeting, which was attended by Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas and Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana.
The Ministers had promised that they would discuss the matter with Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Seetaraman and Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
There are more than 78 reservoirs in Andhra Pradesh. If the government gives permission to MPEDA, we will supply SPF seed to farmers in AP, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and other States, thereby enhancing export revenue.
Source: The Hindu. Prawn Seed Worth Rs. Crore 32 Culled. Rajulapudi Srinivas. January 28, 2015. – S. Kandan, Deputy Director (Aquaculture) MPEDA