Second India second shrimp producer earns 4-star BAP certification

Suryamitra Exim (P) Ltd., is India’s second shrimp-farming group to achieve four-star Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) status, which denotes that a company’s or group’s hatcheries, feed mills, farms and processing plants are BAP-certified.

Earlier this month, Penver Products Ltd. became India’s first group to achieve four-star BAP status for shrimp or any species, a project also completed in conjunction with U.S.-based National Fish & Seafood, a division of Pacific Andes International Holdings Ltd. The two companies are preparing to certify an additional 150 acres of farms, significantly increasing the group’s offerings of four-star shrimp.

“With this four-star certification, Ganga Ram Irrinki of Suryamitra, James Baros and Mathews David of NFS, and the BAP staff have made a significant contribution in advancing responsible aquaculture in India,” said Jeff Sedacca, president of the shrimp division at NFS, who spoke with SeafoodSource recently about “clustering” small-scale aquaculture operations in places in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

“This achievement is the result of more than two years of dedicated work. We expect to expand our Suryamitra/National Fish four-star supply dramatically now that the first project has been successfully completed. We will jointly continue our work to help farmers, small and large alike, to improve Indian aquaculture.”


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