Native Indian White Shrimp Offers Hope For Aquaculture

Source: The Hindu/B. Kolappan - August 9, 2017 in Politics

Native Indian White Shrimp Offers Hope For Aquaculture
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After depending on the exotic shrimp species Penaeus vannamei, which is prone to disease outbreak, aquaculturists in the country have opted for Indian white shrimp as it has proven to be more robust and resistant to diseases. This native species will be promoted as an alternative to exotic species under the Make in India programme.

“It has performed very well in terms of growth and disease resistance under culture conditions and has surpassed the growth of P. vannamei during the first two-and-a-half months of culture, though it is non-Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) and has not been subjected to any selective breeding,” said Akshya Panigrahi, principal scientist at the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA).

P. vannamei, a Pacific white shrimp, was introduced in 2009 after recurrent outbreaks of disease led to loss in the production of another Indian species, P. monodon. “Now P. vannamei has also become a victim of many viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases and suffered slow growth syndrome since it was introduced without proper scientific management practices,” said Mr. Panigrahi.

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