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Aquaculture vis-a-vis Agriculture

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Khan, S. A.; Lyla, P.; Veerappan, N.; Rajagopal, S.
Journal: NAGA, WorldFish Center Quarterly
Volume: 23
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2471
Sector: Fisheries
Subject(s): aquaculture
coastal resources
resource management
Abstract: "The effect of aquaculture, especially shrimp farming, on agriculture has caused heated debate among aquaculturists, agriculturists, and non-governmental organizations. As data on the negative impact of shrimp farming on adjacent rice fields are not available, a study was undertaken in rice fields skirting three shrimp farms: a semi-intensive farm; an extensive farm; and a semi-intensive farm with a buffer zone. The buffer zone was found to be helpful in preventing salinization of the adjacent agricultural fields and the Electrical Conductivity (EC) values (less than 1) reported were found to be harmless to the rice crop. Thus, aquaculture and agriculture can coexist in coastal areas if there are buffer zones in between."

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