ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-Still-Born Third Front

aquaculture have become the biggest component ol seafood exports, accounting for 71 per cent of the total of Rs 1,335 crore projected in 1995-96. The trend in aquaculture is toward 'semi-intensive' cultivation on larger farms replacing small-scale farming with low yields. High profit levels and government incentives have encouraged a number of large corporations to enter this field, leading to haphazard development of aquaculture in the absence of adequate government guidelines. Shrimp farming is expected to cover an area of I ,00,000 hectares by the end of the Eighth Plan, producing one lakh tonnes of shrimp per year, as against a production of 63.000 tonnes from 82,500 hectares in 1993-94. The state with the largest area under aquaculture is West Bengal, followed by Kerala: other states engaged in prawn cultivation include Orissa, Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.

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