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Decks cleared for shrimp facility in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam:  The AP state department of animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries has cleared the decks for the establishment of an Aquatic Quarantine Facility (AQF) and Brooder Multiplication Centre (BMC) for Litopenaeus vannamei (L Vannamei), a kind of shrimp, in Visakhapatnam district.

The government has accorded permission to set up the facility at 30 acres of required land in survey number 202/2 of Bangarammapeta in Gundupudi village, Nakkapalli mandal, along National Highway-16.

Project director of Tamil Nadu-based Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture has been entrusted with the task of preparing the detailed project report (DPR) at the earliest.

Confirming this to TOI, Visakhapatnam fisheries department joint director P Koteswara Rao said their department handed over 30 acres of land for the project to the developer Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) in the district.

“Upon instructions from the state government, we have identified suitable land in Visakhapatnam district along the coast for the L Vannamei shrimp brooding project. The DPR is currently being prepared. The MPEDA will submit the DPR to the Union ministry of commerce and industry for approval,” Koteswara Rao said.
According to fisheries department officials, the AQF for L Vannamei is state-of-the-art facility created by RGCA for quarantining the L Vannamei broodstock imported to India. L Vannamei is a non-native American white shirmp. The first AQF became operational in 2009 and was extended through establishment of other centres like the one coming up in Visakhapatnam district now. The main focus of this quarantine centre is to facilitate a regulated mode of introduction of non-native L Vannamei into India in order to sustain the shrimp farming industry.
Keeping in view the huge demand for the L Vannamei shrimps which has become the most preferred species for acquacuture in the county, the RGCA established the Broodstock Multiplication Centre for L Vannamei to provide consistent supply of the high quality shrimp which are bred for good maturation performance, fast growth, resistance to diseases and high survival rate. The centre will supply the broodstock to the hatcheries in the country for production and supply high quality seeds to farmers. The centre at Visakhapatnam will be useful to the farmers of the district and surrounding districts like Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, East and West Godavari.