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First vannamei shrimp hatchery opened in Kerala

Kochi: In a major boost to Kerala’s shrimp farming sector, the state’s first ever vannamei shrimp hatchery was opened at Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) here today.

The hatchery of Litonpeneus vannamei, an exotic shrimp which is in high demand in foreign countries, was set up at the Fisheries Station of KUFOS located in Puduveypu after obtaining the license from the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), Chennai.

State Fisheries Minister K Babu, who inaugurated it, said that hatchery was a milestone in the history of the shrimp farming in the state. It will help boost the economy of the state, he said.

“It will help boost the export industry of shrimps from the state, resulting in a remarkable increase in income of shrimp farmers. This will revive the economy of the state,” Babu noted.

Presently, vannamie farming in the state is witnessing a slow growth rate due to difficulty in acquiring seeds of the species. The farmers have to depend on other states for the seeds.

The Minister also said the Fisheries Department would popularise the farming model of the white-leg exotic shrimp developed by the varsity in all the shrimp farms in the state.

The hatchery will start functioning, at the initial stage, as the Nauplius Rearing centre which has a capacity of producing two million seeds a year.

In the first phase, the hatchery will be used for the University’s purposes and that of the farmers associated with the varsity.

The second phase of the vannamie farming carried out by KUFOS at its Fisheries station was also launched on the occasion


Foundation stone of Rs 1.6cr aquatic lab laid in Kerala

Kochi: The foundation stone of the first aquatic animal health management and environment management laboratory at Thevara was laid on Sunday.

Addressing the audience, minister K Babu said that he hoped the fish production in the state would touch 1.5 tonnes in the next three years. “The Matsya Samrudhi project, which began three years back to usher in blue revolution in the state, has taken the total fish production to 1.2 tonnes. Now, we need to ensure that the seeds and fish feed are of high quality and the lab, set up spending Rs 1.68 crore, will meet the requirements,” the minister said.

The minister said that the state would attain self-sufficiency in the near future. “The government has already set up hatcheries in Bhoothathankettu, Kallada, Thevally, Odayam, Neyyar Dam and Thenmala. The quality of the seed from these hatcheries will be tested and certified here,” the minister said. The lab will be set up renovating the building of Fishermen Training Centre at Thevara. It will receive the financial support of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and have microbiology, histopathology and PCR sections attached to it


Soil, water health cards for aquaculture farmers

Chennai: In a major step towards achieving sustainable aquaculture, especially shrimp farming, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) has begun the process of issuing ‘soil and water health cards’ to a group of 44 farmers hailing from Kanchipuram, Nagapattinam and Tiruvallur districts.
This is the first time in the country, soil and water health cards are being issued in fisheries sector. Early this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a similar scheme for agriculture farmers with a target of distributing 14 crore soil health cards over the span of next 3 years.
CIBA director Dr K.K. Vijayan told the Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of a programme in Mahabalipuram that across the globe there is an increased attention towards nurturing the soil, which is why 2015 is being observed as International Year of Soils.
Under the initiative, several Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) institutes, state agricultural universities, krishi vigyan kendras and state agricultural departments are being involved to collect the samples from various farmer ponds and issue the soil and water health cards.
Dr Vijayan said the information provided in the cards are useful to farmers in understanding the nutrients status of the soils and water quality which will help in managing the pond soil and water parameters to the optimum.
The soil and water health cards records seven soil parameters and nine water parameters. Dr. P. Ravichandran, Member Secretary of Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) said that there is a strong chemical and feed suppliers lobby, which often misleads the farmers. He told the DC that CAA was trying to bring some regulations.
Muttukadu to have sophisticated testing centre: CIBA experimental station near Muttukadu on East Coast Road will shortly have a sophisticated testing centre for the benefit of hundreds of aquaculture farmers.
Dr Vijayan said that a project proposal has been already submitted to the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) for funding support. The project would cost Rs 1.5 crore. “It would also be a referral lab. The fishermen or shrimp farmers or have their feed or seed samples tested here for nominal fee to ensure better harvest. Even, hatcheries people can get their stocks tested.
Muttukadu would be an ideal location because of its easy accessibility. Though CIBA headquarters in Chennai has all the testing facilities, the farmers are finding it difficult to access”.
Source: Deccan Chronicle

Call for greater role for women aquapreneurs

Kochi: Fisheries experts have recommended a greater role for women self-help groups in boosting aquaculture production in the country.

In his address at the conference on Blue Economy being organised by the Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), P. Jayasankar, Director of Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneshwar, said women aquapreneurs could play a key role in developing the fish farming sector by setting up small scale entrepreneurial initiatives in ornamental fish culture, fish seed rearing, culture of live feed for fish larve, crab fattening, crab seed rearing, shell craft industry and pearl culture etc.

“The user-friendly equipment developed by CIFA such as FRP portable hatchery and automatic feed dispenser have helped farmers become entrepreneurs and self-reliant,” he said.

K.K. Vijayan, Director of Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai, said aquaculture was the better source for ensuring the food security.

Fish feed industry

“Though Kerala is highly prospective for aquaculture in terms of vast resources, species diversity and skilled manpower, the absence of an organised fish feed industry has forced the State to depend on other States such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh,” he said. K. Ganesh, Project Manager, RGCA, (MPEDA), Nagapattinam highlighted the significance of live feed as the important area for the future of induced breeding of several important aquaculture species including crabs, lobsters, grouper, sea bass, pompano, etc

Source: The hindu

Shrimp – Farm gate Prices – Andhra Pradesh – 28th June, 2015

Farm gate Market price for vannamei shrimp at Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India as on 28th June,2015 are as below.
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