Agri Business

Japan eases inspection of black tiger shrimps from India

V Sajeev Kumar Kochi | Updated on April 05, 2020 Published on April 05, 2020

A black tiger shrimp

Japan has lifted the inspection order on Indian black tiger shrimps (Penaeus monodon) after the export consignments were found to be free from any residue of synthetic anti-bacterial drug furazolidone.

This has been conveyed by Food Inspection and Safety Division of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to the Indian Embassy in Japan, Export Inspection Council of India and the Marine Products Export Development Authority.

The MHLW has also reduced the import inspection sampling frequency for black tiger shrimp to 30 per cent from the current 100 per cent. Black tiger shrimp, commonly known as the giant tiger prawn or Asian tiger shrimp, is a popular delicacy the world over and also forms an important segment of India’s marine products export basket. Japan consumes nearly 40 per cent of India’s black tiger shrimp exports, while it enjoys niche markets in the EU and the US also.

A two-member expert team had surveyed the black tiger shrimp hatcheries, farms, and processing units that export the variety during March.

According to KS Srinivas, Mpeda Chairman, it is a validation of the relentless efforts in raising the request at various platforms and through its trade promotion office in Tokyo. Mpeda, through its field offices and a society named National Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, had been educating the farmers on better management practices and the ill-effects of using unknown inputs which may contain residues of antimicrobial substances such as furazolidone.

Mpeda has also been making sustained efforts to revive the production of black tiger shrimps by supplying high quality seeds from its new Multispecies Aquaculture Complex (MAC) at Vallarpadam in Kochi.

Published on April 05, 2020

A letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.