The women of Haryana state are producing shrimp with the help of government schemes in which non-traditional or alternative farming is promoted. Veerpal Kaur of Sirsa district started the cultivation of white prawns on 2.5 acres of land in 2016-17. Now the whole family has started doing the same thing and the project is spread over an area of 50 acres. "Saline water is considered very bad for agriculture but it is like nectar for shrimp production," Kaur said.
In the Sirsa district alone, many farmers are producing shrimp, which are cultivated on about 5,000 acres. Many women have entered this business. A recent government statement said, "Six other women of the same village, like Veerpal Kaur, the beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMSY), have also started production of white prawns." 60 percent subsidy is given to the women of the caste while 40 percent subsidy is given to the women of the general category.
Kaur's husband told that buyers from Odisha, Telangana, West Bengal, and some other states come to his place to get white shrimp. It is also exported to America, Canada, Russia, and other countries. Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, the cultivation of white prawns in Haryana was started in 2014-15. Record production of 2,900 tonnes of prawns was achieved in an area of 1,250 acres during 2021-22.