Encouraged by a record of 26 percent growth in seafood exports to Rs. 2,300 crore during 2014-15, the Odisha government has set an ambitious target to increase the exports of marine products to Rs.10,000 crore in the next three years. Shrimp farmers in the state were now keen to take up the cultivation of L. Vannamei culture due to market demand and due to better yield compared with P. Monodon shrimp.
Worldfish, a global aquaculture and genetic improvement organization based in Penang, Malaysia, has evinced interest in partnering with the government to boost fish production in the state. The organization proposed to use ‘genetically improved farm tilapia’ (GIFT) mode to enhance fish production in the state.