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Nucleus Breeding Centre for Tiger Shrimp in Port Blair
Mar 15, 2014

Recently the Nucleus Breeding Centre of the Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture in Port Blair is dedicated to the nation. The establishment of the project will have far reaching benefits for the shrimp famers and the sea food exporters of India.

It is expected that within five years of the establishment of the project, tiger shrimp aquaculture in India would scale new heights to achieve additional production to the tune of 100000 million tons and have export value of USD 1 billion. Last year, India exported shrimps worth over US$ 1.8 billion. This is an area which has the potential of becoming a huge foreign exchange earner for our country. India ranks second only to China in global aquaculture production producing 4.64 million tons annually out of the world’s total production of 60 million tones.

There is no doubt that production of disease free varieties of Tiger prawns will assure market access to advanced markets which have much higher health standards. It will also catalyse the growth of ancillary industry in the entire value chain of sea food processing.  With the upgradation of the airport in Port Blair, there will be a surge in marine exports in the country. The non-trade barrier issues in shrimp with Japan have been resolved.

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture is front ranking scientific organization in this sector in India. It will shortly be granted four patents in adaptable aquaculture technology. The seafood industry of India is poised at a crucial juncture and it needs a dramatic technology infusion capacity building and market expansion. It needs much greater value addition for providing remunerative prices to our resource poor farmers. 

Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has been introducing several scientific technologies for the aquaculture sector. MPEDA has been consistently providing technology support for commercial hatcheries and extension in financial services in the entire coastal area to ensure propagation of scientific shrimp farming practices in the country.


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