Shrimp Aquaculture has provided tremendous opportunity for economic and social upliftment of rural communities in the coastal areas of our country. Over a hundred thousand farmers, of whom about 90% belong to the small and marginal category, are engaged in utilization of the opportunity for their livelihood. However, the sporadic incidences of disease outbreaks, lack of access to technical skills and scientific applications, good quality inputs like seed, limited access to series, and difficulties in complying with market requirements have compelled the need of adopting every means for conducting shrimp culture in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner. Therefore, adoption of proper shrimp health management practices is the first step towards this direction.
In this background, National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture was established as an outreach organization of MPEDA to build capacity among small-scale shrimp farmers and to address shrimp health and quality management issues. NaCSA is building up a society of shrimp farmers and promoting Best Management Practices among them for sustainable aquaculture which ultimately results in strengthening our nations’ economy.
Key Aspects of Sustainable Shrimp Farming:
The Objective is to produce shrimp in a responsible and sustainable manner and at the same time minimize the risks and maximize the returns.
This objective will be attained by –
- Organizing a society of aquaculture farmers to implement all farming activities in a disciplined and cooperative manner
- Designing and conducting ponds at appropriate sites
- Developing basic infrastructure facilities
- Developing a crop calendar for coordinating all farming activities in a cluster
- Adopting better management practices.
Source : NaCSA