The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is a statutory body under Ministry of Commerce and Industrial, and it does not promote shrimp farms or ponds in the forest lands. The Deputy Director C.J. Sampath Kumar in a release said that in a news item titled ‘Land Survey completed for missile launch facility’ in these columns read as though MPEDA had promoted Ponds in the proposed land for acquisition, but the MPEDA promotes ponds only on patta lands.