AP plans aqua zones to streamline Aquaculture

VIJAYAWADA: To control conversion of agricultural land into aqua ponds, and reduce use of antibiotics in hatcheries, Andhra Pradesh government is thinking of introducing aqua zones. The task force set up by the state government to streamline the fisheries sector has come up with various recommendations including aqua zones and closure of unauthorised shrimp hatcheries.
Introduction of zones will mean there will be streamlining of the industry. A task force member said , “We know that fisheries business is highly risky, and earns lot of benefits. Some kind of streamlining is required here, hence we have come up with this proposal. AP is a major state in aquaculture, and introduction of aqua zones will be a first in the country.”
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Action plan for fisheries, aquaculture development in Vidharbha region released

Nagpur: A report, 'Development of fisheries and aquaculture in Vidarbha: Study and action plan', based on extensive research was released by state chief secretary Sumeet Mallick at a programme organized by Vidarbha Development Board and Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU) at divisional commissioner office here on Tuesday.
Mahadev Jankar, minister for animal husbandry and fisheries development, chief secretary Sumeet Mallick and divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar released a study report at a programme organized by Vidarbha Development Board and Maharashtra Animal and Fishery and Science University, at divisional commissioner's office, Civil Lines, on Tuesday
Divisional commissioner and MAFSU VC Anoop Kumar along with state's senior cabinet minister Mahadev Jankar was also present on the occasion .Collectors of various regions, officials of state fisheries department, representatives of Maharashtra State Fisheries Corporation and other associates also attended the programme.

"The bureaucrats and members of judiciary should posses a strong desire to adapt to new methods of growth to bring in reforms, only then a project can be implemented successfully," Jankar said. He also spoke about introducing policies to help the market flourish and upgrade factors involved in the process of fish production, including labour skills, cold storage and irrigation.

Jankar also lauded Kumar's inclination towards blue revolution and 'Fish in every pond' initiative.

The fish trading market in Vidarbha is still highly unorganized and unregulated. The Mayo fish market of Nagpur, Bengali camp fish market, Chandrapur, Athawadi bazaar fish market, Yavatmal and Itwara bazaar fish market of Amravati can be easily identified as the core markets in respect to the fish marketing system, the report said.

The consumer behaviour, challenges, technical drawbacks and plan for development was compiled in the detailed report carrying information collected after surveying different water bodies of the region.

Emphasizing on the major recommendations, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries secretary Vikas Deshmukh said, "The adoption of different culture technologies as per the type of water body in Vidarbha region could increase the annual fish production."

According to him, creation of additional positions in the department of fisheries at the district level for establishing dedicated, professional and efficient extension services system at par with their counterparts in agriculture and allied sub-sectors like animal husbandry, horticulture and dairy is important. This system shall have its network reaching at block and panchayat levels to bring all aquaculture and fisheries resources, public, private, community and multi-owned under its fold, he said.

"Review of existing fish seed production and rearing centres for their strengthening and capacity development is a must. Dysfunctional and under-performing fish production centres should be operational to their fullest capacity. The fish seed production centres under the MFDC shall be withdrawn and handed over to DoF for development," Deshmukh said.


Source: Times of India

Chandranna Aqua Farmers’ Centre opened in Krishna dt., Andhra Pradesh

Deputy Speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad and Krishna district Collector B. Lakshmikantam on Tuesday inaugurated the Chandranna Aqua Farmers’ Centre that is aimed at helping the aqua farmers adopt latest brackish water practices, at Pata Upakali village. The Fisheries Department primarily focused on grooming the farmers in wild crab fattening and rearing technology, apart from encouraging them to tap solar power to maintain the pond.

Wild crab farming

The aim of the centre was to offer a demonstration on wild crab farming to the farmers. Fisheries Department Joint Director Md. Yakub Basha said that an estimated 4,000 farmers in the Diviseema area of the district would be keen on crab farming, and all the farmers could bank on the centre for basic training.

Mr. Lakshmikantam promised to supply aerators and other equipment on subsidy, apart from guaranteeing financial assistance from the banks for those wanting to take up wild crab farming.

M.V.K.R. Government Fisheries Polytechnic College teaching staff and students were present

Source: The Hindu

Game changer seafood park to be ready in Odisha by early 2018

Seafood processing is also high on the Odisha State’s agenda. A Sea Food Park with a state-sponsored investment of ₹134 crore is coming up at Deras, near the State capital, which will be functional in early 2018. The park stands on 150 acres and seafood processed there would be primarily meant for exports.

Twenty firms have committed investments worth ₹466 crore in the park. Odisha is targeting seafood exports worth ₹20,000 crore per year in the next five years. From Mumbai, Kader Investment and Trading, the largest seafood exporter, is planning to invest ₹55 crore in a seafood processing unit at Deras.

“It is going to be the best by any international standards. The industry department is providing the packaging facility, cold storage, refrigerated vans, waste treatment plant, administrative building and even power and water to the units,” said Mr.Sanjeev Chopra, the State’s Principal Secretary, Industries.

“The Sea Food Park will be a game changer in seafood processing not only in Odisha but in India,” said Sanjay Kumar Singh, CMD, Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is responsible for supplying land and infrastructure to industrial units. The park will process 90,860 MTPA of seafood and employ more than 7,200 people.

Source:  The Hindu

Big boost: Post floods, fishes teem in Bihar waters

Patna, Dec. 15 -- The impact of floods early this year in Bihar may have been devastating. But there are indications that the deluge has given a big boost to fishery with seed production reaching 700 million due to abundance of water bodies after drought-like situation in the last seven years.

Officials now say Bihar will be able to realise its ambition of becoming self-sufficient in fish and even become an exporting state in the next couple of years.

Animal husbandry and fisheries department director Nishat Ahmed said: "If the present production of fish seeds and supplementary feed was maintained, we will be self-sufficient and exporting state in two years time."

Bihar produces five lakh tonnes of fish against its annual requirement of 7 lakh tonnes. The state imports around 1.43 lakh tonnes of fish, mainly Rohu and Katla, from Andhra Pradesh annually.

States like West Bengal and Odisha are also a major supplier of fish, like Hilsa, Pomfret, prawns and some other varieties found in the Gangetic basin.

"Floods in Bihar has helped in recharging water bodies in dry areas of Vaishali, Samastipur and Begusarai districts of north Bihar. This has helped in increasing fish seed production and starting new hatcheries. Our production capacity is set to increase by the next harvest," said Ahmed.

Bihar's fish production was expected to gallop to over 7 lakh tonnes in the next two years and could easily achieve the target of 8.02 lakh tonnes by 2022 as per the government's agricultural road map, Ahmad added.

So, would the state stop importing fish from Andhra Pradesh?

Ahmed was confident that home grown fish would be cater to the needs of state fish lovers and insisted that already four districts - Darbhanga, Purnia, Banka and Khagaria - had stopped importing from the coastal state.

"Price of fish, be it Rohu or Katla, crashed in Khagaria district of north Bihar due to overproduction this year. In some parts of the district, fish produced in ponds were being sold at Rs 120 per kg against Rs 250 in Patna," he added.

There is now focus on producing only fish like Rohu, Katla and Naini, given that these varieties had better yield per hectare. "We are opening one big centre for supplementary feed in Madhepura, besides those in Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur and Motihari. Supplementary feed is important for fish production as otherwise we have to be dependent on other states," added Ahmed.

Source: HT Digital streams Ltd

Tilapia Lake Virus: Kerala Govt activates aquatic disease surveillance network

KOCHI: Following the detection of Tilapia Lake Virus in certain fish farms, the government has activated its aquatic disease surveillance network to help farmers monitor and control the same as an outbreak can destroy fish farms across the state.

The network, launched over two years ago, has become more active following the setting up of an emergency response task force involving Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources and Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos). The team also includes fisheries department and farmers.

To support this network, the fisheries department is setting up nine monitoring laboratories in major districts over the next few months so that farmers can get their specimens checked immediately. "If a farmer alerts Kufos that fishes are dying in his farm, a trained team rushes in to take sample within 24 hours. Soil testing and water analysis is done.

If it is serious, samples are sent to a national laboratory following which quarantine measures are put in place.

If not, farmer is given general advice on his problem," said joint director of aquaculture, fisheries department, Sheela R.

A surveillance and monitoring system is critical since aquaculture is catching up in a big way after the recent fall in marine catches. Many inland waterbodies and coastal regions have become fish farms with youngsters turning entrepreneurs.

Also, the state with almost 210 fish species is looking to double its production from 40,000 metric tonnes. While there is an active surveillance system for diseases like SARS, avian flu, the focus has shifted to aquatic species with agencies like Food and Agriculture Organization issuing alerts.

While there is a lot of attention on shrimps due to its popularity, Tilapia is catching on in Kerala. It is the second-most farmed fish in the world.

"The first topic while discussing export potential is food safety. Apart from mandatory green certification that looks at micro-details like the farm where the fish is grown, countries are asking whether we have a monitoring and surveillance system," said KK Vijayan, director, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture.

Experts who gathered in Kochi for the 11th international fisheries and aquaculture forum said many countries were looking to ban species that could jeopardise fish trade.

Chairperson of the state aquatic disease monitoring cell Devika Pillai said we need not fear that humans too may contract this disease. "We don't know how these virus and bacteria will grow or when they can change their behaviour after all it is killing the animal we consume. The key concern is that we have not made our farms 'bio secure'.

It means that there is no proper cleansing of the waters, securing the farm from birds and animals that can transmit the disease. In Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu farmers invest a lot to protect the vannamei crop so that the chances of contracting a disease is less," she said.

There have been several cases of one farmer harvesting a successful crop in isolation and other instances where fish farmers who invested a lot and lost everything because the neighbouring farmers did not take care.

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Source: The Times of India