Freshwater prawn/ Scampi production in the country has seen a major decline in the past few years due to various problems in the production of quality seeds and rejections from European countries. And now competition from Vannamei has also accentuated this trend.The production of scampi was estimated at 40,000 tonne a few years ago.With the significant reduction in the area for scampi culture, the production fell to 6,600 tonne in 2009. Global production of freshwater prawns is now at 4,50,000 tonne .The area under freshwater prawn culture is growing in most of the Asian countries like China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Taiwan and Myanmar but we see a significant downward trend in India.The practice of using antibiotics for seed production was the main factor that affected production of freshwater prawns. There is a huge potential to spread freshwater prawn culture in states such as Maharashtra,Gujarat,Punjab,Bihar and Kerala. Production is limited to small quantities in the country at present. Farmers need to realize that going for cultivation of a single species will aggravate the problems when some disease problem occurs. The price for Scampi is good and there is always a demand in the global market ,farmers need to take up the cultivation with expert advice and sourcing quality seed. I want to end telling “Don’t keep all your eggs in the one basket “.
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