AP plans aqua zones to streamline Aquaculture

VIJAYAWADA: To control conversion of agricultural land into aqua ponds, and reduce use of antibiotics in hatcheries, Andhra Pradesh government is thinking of introducing aqua zones. The task force set up by the state government to streamline the fisheries sector has come up with various recommendations including aqua zones and closure of unauthorised shrimp hatcheries.
Introduction of zones will mean there will be streamlining of the industry. A task force member said , “We know that fisheries business is highly risky, and earns lot of benefits. Some kind of streamlining is required here, hence we have come up with this proposal. AP is a major state in aquaculture, and introduction of aqua zones will be a first in the country.”
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Chandranna Aqua Farmers’ Centre opened in Krishna dt., Andhra Pradesh

Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad and Krishna district Collector B. Lakshmikantam on Tuesday inaugurated the Chandranna Aqua Farmers’ Centre that is aimed at helping the aqua farmers adopt latest brackish water practices, at Pata Upakali village. The Fisheries Department primarily focused on grooming the farmers in wild crab fattening and rearing technology, apart from encouraging them to tap solar power to maintain the pond.

Wild crab farming

The aim of the centre was to offer a demonstration on wild crab farming to the farmers. Fisheries Department Joint Director Md. Yakub Basha said that an estimated 4,000 farmers in the Diviseema area of the district would be keen on crab farming, and all the farmers could bank on the centre for basic training.

Mr. Lakshmikantam promised to supply aerators and other equipment on subsidy, apart from guaranteeing financial assistance from the banks for those wanting to take up wild crab farming.

M.V.K.R. Government Fisheries Polytechnic College teaching staff and students were present

Source: The Hindu