Dr. Manoj Sharma


Dr. Manoj M. Sharma has 18 years experience in the field of shrimp farming in Surat, Gujarat. He played an important role in the development of sustainable shrimp farming with more than 2000 ha. area, benefiting thousands of rural people. He developed the concept of satellite shrimp farming as Director Technical, Aqua Alliance that has brought manifold increase in shrimp production in Gujarat. Presently the group is producing more than 5000 tons shrimp per annum.

He successfully demonstrated a pilot Project on Cage culture in Ukai Reservoir under DRDA scheme. This project has motivated thousands of fishermen. He has worked as the Director, West Coast Frozen Food Pvt. Ltd., the plant is located in the heart of shrimp farming area with state of the art shrimp processing facilities benefiting shrimp farmers to realize better value for their shrimp.,

Dr. Manoj Sharma played an important role as General Secretary and founder member of SAFA (Surat Aquaculture Farmers Association) to bring all shrimp farmers together to carry out sustainable shrimp farming in a co-operative way. This has brought a Blue Revolution in Surat district. He was also the member sub-committee (fisheries) for the 12th planning commission Govt. of India.,

The aquaculture products specially shrimp has great demand in the international market and 95% of country's shrimp farming is exported to the whole world generating export worth Rs. 6 500 crores.

Shrimp farming has changed from traditional, small-scale businesses in Southeast Asia into a global industry. Technological advances have led to growing shrimp at ever higher densities, and brood stock is shipped worldwide.

Shrimp farming offers significant employment opportunities, which may help alleviate the poverty of the local coastal populations in many areas, if it is properly managed. Estimates of the labor intensity of shrimp farms range from about one-third to three times more than when the same area was used for rice paddies, with much regional variation and depending on the type of farms surveyed. In general, intensive shrimp farming requires more labor per unit area than extensive farming.

Today a common shrimp farmer can sufficiently provide a self-reliant life to his family members. The Shrimp farming has emerged as a dependable alternative to the coastal migrants to come back to their roots and start a healthy business at their door steps.

Indian government is encouraging farmers to produce white leg shrimp. In last April, the country successfully developed specific pathogen free brood stock for the first time. Mayank has been a central motivating force to bring aqnaculture to this region of the wider economy.


  • Received BEST FISH FARMER AWARD from Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai on Fish Farmer's Day celebration 8th July, 2005.
  • Recipient of prestigious “Hiralal Chaudhary” foundation Award as “Best Fish Farmer 2005” from Central Institute of Fisheries Education (ICAR) Mumbai.
  • Received BEST FARMER AWARD from Bhumi Nirman (Agriculture magazine, Bhopal). The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Balramsinghji Jhakhad conferred the award.
  • Recipient of certificate for outstanding contribution in field of fishery science at “National Conference in Fisheries” at Science College, Nanded jointly conducted by UGC and Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathawada University (21st January, 2006).

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