Ponds for shrimp farming. (Photo: Stock File)
Illegal shrimp ponds increase in Andhra Pradesh proves concerning
Monday, July 17, 2017, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
A survey conducted by the Fisheries Department and Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) reveals that the number of illegal shrimp ponds is growing fast all along the coast in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh. This situation is causing severe damage to environment and crops.
The study, conducted as part of a pilot project to identify the farms through a satellite positioning system, determined the existence illegal ponds to the extent of about 5,000 hectares. In addition, it concluded that Vanamei shrimp farming is attracting more traders from East Godavari and Krishna districts to the Srikakulam coast.
“We have received applications from farmers and approved for cultivation of prawn and shrimp only in an extent of 350 hectares,” Deputy Director of the Fisheries department VV Krishna Murthy told The Hans India.
“We have removed bunds of 30 illegal ponds in Sompeta and Santhabommali mandals and identified ponds in government lands in other mandals and will remove them soon,” Tekkali Revenue Divisional Officer M Venkateswara Rao told this newspaper. “We will not spare prawn and shrimp cultivation in government lands,” the RDO clarified.
Meanwhile, official statistics reveal that Andhra Pradesh stands first in export of frozen shrimp, to 70 per cent.
As for production, it was 276,000 tonnes during 2014-15 and during 2015-16 it went up to 296,000 tonnes thanks to the necessary technical support being given to the farmers by MPEDA.