Societies

NaCSA has organized more than 862 small farmer societies with membership of 20 to 75 registered farmers in each society in seven coastal states of India. There are 658 societies in the state of Andhra Pradesh alone as this is being the key state which produces almost 70% of the farmed shrimp in India. There are about 18000 registered farmers involved in societies. The expected tiger prawn production from these societies during 2016-2017 would be about 35000 MT.

Public-Private partnership:

NaCSA is working towards developing these societies as potential business model through public-private partnership where all the concerned stakeholders help the societies to sustain for the mutual benefit.

All the society Farms comply with all applicable local and national laws.

  • All society farms comply with government rules and regulations, they are registered with Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India.
  • Each society has its own guidelines and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).
  • The societies are audited every year by MPEDA for the implementation of guidelines and SOPs.

Society produced prawns are safe: No use of Antibiotics in society farms:

  • Only antibiotic and disease free healthy prawn seeds obtained through contract hatchery system are stocked in society ponds.
  • Societies are also closely monitored by NaCSA through society coordinators to make sure there is no use of antibiotics in society farms.
  • Society prawn are natural. Because they are raised in low-density ponds, antibiotics like Chloramphenicol or Nitrofurans aren’t necessary to counter the ills of overcrowding.

Traceable prawn from societies:

  • Internal records are maintained in hatcheries, nurseries and farms on general management and key parameters.
  • Purchasing and distribution records are maintained in nurseries and farms.
  • Traceability will be extended one step backward from brood stock to one step forward until it reaches consumers through exporters.

Eco-friendly Sustainable prawn production with no pollution.

  • The stocking density of prawn in societies ponds is less than 6 pcs per square meter which is far below the level when compared to other countries.
  • Reduction of pollution by reduced use of chemicals, antibiotics, efficient use of feed and limited discharge of sediments and water exchange.
  • Moving towards carbon neutral prawn: We are in the process of converting all the society farms from diesel based energy source to electricity (hydro electric) which will result in giving these societies an opportunity to trade carbon credit worth about US$ 1000 per society per crop.

Socially responsible societies:

  • Regular information sharing among farmers during weekly meetings
  • Cooperation in selecting/testing and buying seeds/feed etc.
  • Each society has its own corpus fund for its long term sustainability with each member paying INR 1000 as initial membership fee and 0.05% of the income at the end of each crop.
  • here is increased communication and harmony between society farmers and local community.

Efficiently managed small farmer societies which provides similar advantage of integrated larger units.

  • Societies procure all their seed requirement form one hatchery, use feed from one company and our plan is to link the societies to exporters so that all the prawn from the particular society is marketed to one exporter. The benefits for the farmers is there will be better price realization as there is no agent or middle men involved, for the processors they can buy all the produce from the society as one unit which provides the advantage of larger integrated units where the harvests can be coordinated and better harvest and post harvest practices can be implemented in societies to improve the over all quality of the prawn and traceability can be maintained.

State Wise Society Summary

Sl.

No.

State

Total No. of societies organized

State Regn.

MPEDA Registration

Total no of farmers

Total area

Ponds

Provisional

Permanent

(of the provisional)

1

Andhra Pradesh

658

588

324

103

14479

13051

19681

2

Tamil Nadu

50

45

21

6

1205

2005

2827

3

Odisha

71

28

11

5

1489

921

2109

4

Karnataka, Goa & Kerala

27

21

15

12

459

462

633

5

West Bengal

56

41

3

3

1309

457

2204

Total

862

723

374

               129

18941

16896

27454