Indian rice farmers move to shrimp farming


Farmers in coastal areas of India are abandoning rice cultivation and moving to farming (vannamei) shrimp. In Andhra Pradesh, the expansion of shrimp farming has triggered a boom that saw the state grab a 45% share of Indian seafood exports, which have escalated to USD 44.9 billion.

Official data show area under paddy in the state has been progressively decreasing over the last few years. Paddy cultivation declined 10% in 2015-16 after dipping 7% in the previous year, mostly in coastal districts.


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