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Swiss agency COOP to help Kerala varsity in organic shrimp farming

Kochi, April 4 (IANS) Switzerland-headquartered Coop Cooperative, an international agency that promotes organic farming across the world, has offered its support to the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) for organic shrimp farming in the state.

KUFOS is planning to promote organic shrimp farming by utilising the rich resources of the mangroves in Kerala’s backwaters.

Gerhard Zurlutter, a representative of Coop Cooperative, on Monday visited the farms and ponds at KUFOS and had discussions with officials.

He said organic shrimp farming could be made successful by making use of the mangrove rich backwaters or by planting mangroves on the shores of the backwaters and the farming ponds.

KUFOS will now study the available resources, and if the conditions are favourable, it will conduct a pilot farming to develop a suitable farming model, and later introduce the model among shrimp farmers in the state.