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1st May 2024, Goa ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa organized a field day-cum-farmer interaction programme today to gain insights into the challenges shrimp farmers face along the coastal region of Maharashtra. The programme aimed to assess the current status of shrimp farming and to understand issues in shrimp farming. The team conducted visits to five farms in different villages consisting of medium-sized setups spanning 0.5 to 2 acres, with shrimp production ranging from 3-4 tonnes per crop. Utilizing Litopenaeus vannamei species and employing high-density culture practices and machinery were common across all the farms. Farmers expressed concerns over mounting electricity charges, escalating feed costs, disease outbreaks, slow growth rates, and diminishing market demands.

The team also visited an ornamental fish farm to gather insights and offer recommendations to the farmers. The field visit underscored the collaborative efforts to address the challenges confronting shrimp farmers and enhance the resilience of coastal communities in Maharashtra.

(Source: ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa)

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