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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
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.
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.
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