The Society of Aquaculture Professionals (SAP) will attain out to aqua farmersto create consciousness in regards to the e-SANTA portal that was launched by the Marine Products Export Development Authority (Mpeda) for direct sale of aqua farm products to seafood exporters.
The transfer is to encourage farmers to enrol within the portal as greater participation of consumers and sellers would facilitate its success. The portal offers a complete and easy-to-use instrument for shrimp farmers to get honest costs for his or her products raised in a accountable method, Victor Suresh, President, SAP mentioned.
Today, there’s a lack of transparency as tons of of farmers are supplying supplies to exporters. However, the built-in registration and crop-tracking options make the farming practices clear and traceable. Besides, funds from exporters on to farmers would guarantee market costs on time, he mentioned.
“We needs to be conscious that vested pursuits will attempt to derail it. Any deficiencies within the system may be corrected as it’s based mostly on a strong know-how platform. When a lot of the farmers and exporters use the system, will probably be useful for the complete Indian shrimp sector,” he advised BusinessLine.
Sources within the sector additionally identified that shrimp aquaculture have been practised by small-scale farmers, who historically rely on intermediaries in sourcing the inputs and promoting the produce. Shrimp farming, which requires excessive funding, incurs a median operational value of ₹12 lakh/ha.
Okay S Srinivas, Chairman, Mpeda, mentioned the portal would assist examine the age-old exploitation of aqua farmers and take their enterprise to a brand new degree with altering instances. The advantages embrace offering a pan-India visibility to consumers about upcoming harvests and to farmers in regards to the buy preferences of the consumers.
“It additionally provides superior search choices to consumers to discover the crop in addition to a discover board view of exporters demand itemizing to farmers. Further, eSANTA facilitates digital negotiation (by SMS and e mail) between farmers and consumers even because the National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA) acts because the facilitator for the complete transaction/sale”, Srinivas mentioned.
Okay S Rao, CEO, NaCSA, identified that the Centre works for the uplift of the small and marginal aqua farmers by way of organisation of clusters and sustaining greatest administration practices in shrimp tradition. It has thus far registered 752 societies in eight maritime States with a farmer base of 18,211 overlaying 12,607 hectares of farm water space and producing a median 50,000 tonnes of Vannamei shrimp.
Aquaculture, particularly for shrimp farms within the coastal areas, contributes an important share of exports. The 12 months 2019-20 witnessed 5,64,321 tonnes of cultured shrimp exported, realising ₹29,622 crore. Shrimp is the principal commodity within the nation’s marine export basket, which earned ₹46,663 crore by delivery a amount of 12,89,651 tonnes of seafood in 2019-20.
India’s shrimp aquaculture is concentrated within the 9 coastal states of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat. AP alone accounts for greater than 70 per cent of the manufacturing.