Economic evaluation of mud crab farming under different production systems in India

Sathiadhas, R and Najmudeen, T M (2004) Economic evaluation of mud crab farming under different production systems in India. Aqua culture Economics and Management, 8 (1 & 2). pp. 99-110.



Apart from penaeid shrimp culture, crab farming and fattening and other several diversified aquaculture practices are now emerging as viable ventures in India. About 11 types of crab products are being exported from India with an average unit value realization of US$ 3.73 kg- 1, pinpointing its importance in the foreign exchange earnings. An economic evaluation of mud crab culture, fattening and fattening with composite culture of shrimp/finfish has been attempted in this paper. The major operating cost was that of seed and it was higher for crab fattening (87% of the total operating cost). Feed costs were very low compared to that of shrimp farming. Annual profit obtained was US$ 22812.5 ha-1 year-1 for culture and US$ 30820.8 ha-1 year-1 for fattening. Economic indicators such as net profit, rate of return, pay back period and breakeven price indicate that crab fattening/culture is much more profitable than any other coastal aquaculture operations currently in practice, provided hatchery production is established in the country to ensure adequate supply of mud crab seeds.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economic evaluation; mud crab farming; India
Subjects:Aquaculture > Farming/Culture
Crustacean Fisheries > Crabs
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Extension
ID Code:5692
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:26 Oct 2010 14:50
Last Modified:26 Oct 2010 14:50

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