In­dian aqua farm­ers asked to form so­ci­eties

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OF­FI­CIALS of In­dia’s Marine Prod­ucts Ex­port Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MPEDA) have ap­pealed to small and mar­ginal farm­ers to form so­ci­eties and en­rol with the au­thor­ity, The Hindu re­ported last month.

MPEDA and Ra­jiv Gandhi Cen­tre for Aqua­cul­ture (RGCA), a re­search wing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, con­ducted a five-day train­ing pro­gramme for aqua farm­ers on ‘Eco Sus­tain­able and Devel­op­ment Scopes in Aqua­cul­ture’.

As­sis­tant di­rec­tor Archi­man Lahiri said many small and medium farm­ers were tak­ing up fish, prawn, and crab cul­ture in tra­di­tional meth­ods.

‘But mid­dle­men are de­ceiv­ing the farm­ers by sup­ply­ing seed at a higher price and giv­ing them poor qual­ity seed, lead­ing to less pro­duc­tion. Many farm­ers are in the grip of mid­dle­men in vil­lages,’ said Lahiri.

MPEDA deputy di­rec­tor (Aqua­cul­ture) S. Kan­dan ad­vised the farm­ers to fol­low sci­en­tific meth­ods for sus­tain­able aqua­cul­ture and for main­tain­ing the ecosys­tem. He taught them bet­ter prac­tices dur­ing the field trip.

‘If farm­ers raise shrimp by main­tain­ing suf­fi­cient wa­ter lev­els, oxy­gen in tanks, suf­fi­cient seed in a tank by sup­ply­ing qual­ity seed, they can pre­vent viruses and achieve good pro­duc­tion,’ he said.

‘Some agents are mak­ing aqua farm­ers do cap­tive cul­ture by in­vest­ing in ponds. The mid­dle­men will keep the farm­ers in the dark on the mar­ket price, sell the pro­duce to ex­port com­pa­nies at a good price, and give some amount to the farmer,’ Kan­dan said, and asked the small farm­ers to avail them­selves of the schemes in­tro­duced by the gov­ern­ment by form­ing so­ci­eties.

Above: Tilapia

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