Andra Pradesh state is one of the largest shrimp exporters to the EU. (Photo: Stock File)
Andhra Pradesh intends to curb shrimp farming antibiotic use
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
Andhra Pradesh Government has streamlined aquaculture regulations to avoid banned antibiotics and to raise awareness among all stakeholders to adopt good farming practice.
The measure responds to concerns expressed by State-level task force committee headed by Fisheries Department Commissioner Ramasankar Naik over a potential rejection of shrimp exports by the European Union, citing indiscriminate use of antibiotics in farming the crustacean, The Hindu informed.
As part of the initiative, the Coastal Aquaculture Authority has imposed ban on 20 antibiotics or pharmacologically active substances and notified their maximum permissible residual limits to be used in aquaculture.
Furthermore, in the last 10 to 15 days, district level task force committees comprising senior officials from fisheries, drugs control administration, food safety, revenue, police, MPEDA and other stakeholders, have been carrying out a series of raids on aqua-industries and picked up samples on banned antibiotics being sold all over the state.
In East Godavari alone, the task force committees have seized four antibiotics and sent the samples for analysis to the lab belonged to Drugs Control Administration in Vijayawada. The analysis report for one suspected banned antibiotics found to be normal so far.
The state exports huge quantity of shrimp to the European Union, the United States, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia among other countries. Out of total exports from India, the state accounts for 45 per cent share.
The state government expects nearly INR 170 billion (USD 2,590 million) revenue through shrimp exports in this fiscal year.
“We have been carrying out raids on aqua-industries to see that no banned antibiotics are being sold to farmers to use them in shrimp culture. We are also taking up awareness drive among the stakeholders about the impact of of antibiotics aquaculture,” concluded Fisheries department joint director P. Koteswara Rao.
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