Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Indian airline flies shrimp seed to Gujarat hatcheries, as farmers stock ponds

SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost airline carrier, is flying shrimp seed to Surat in Gujarat, to support the state’s hatcheries ensure a stable supply of shrimp post-larvae to farmers.

A spokesman for the firm confirmed to Undercurrent News the flights are operated by SpiceJet’s air cargo business, SpiceXpress, and fly a couple of times per week. He said the flights would continue as long as there is demand.

The flights deliver shrimp larvae from other parts of India, such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in east India.

Manoj M Sharma, director of shrimp farming company Mayank Aquaculture in Gujarat, confirmed hatcheries in south Gujarat are “regularly receiving seeds”.

“There is some difficulty because Ahmedabad and Mumbai cargo flights are not operating properly but luckily recently SpiceJet started regular twice or three times a week facility to Surat,” he said.
“So it’s not much of problem in South Gujarat. But the area near Veraval to Junagadh since Ahmedabad and nearby airports not functioning the farmers are not able to receive seed,” he said. He said typically shortages at hatcheries are of naupli or small post-larvae 1s for running the hatcheries.

Gujarat is India’s fourth-largest shrimp farming state and the biggest producer on the country’s west coast. Some 40% of shrimp farms in the south are stocking for the next cycle.
20/04/20 UCN
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