Indian White Shrimp gets full marks in Demo farm at Andhra Pradesh by CIBA

Scientists at the Chennai-based Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) have completed farming trials on Indian White Shrimp (Penaeus indicus) in all the maritime States in the country, including Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, establishing the species as prime alternative to the exotic vannammei.

A team of scientists led by CIBA Director K.K. Vijayan will share their findings on Indian White Shrimp cultivation with aqua farmers on Thursday (January 11).

The shrimp seed was collected from the Bay of Bengal and other parts of India for the trials which began in 2016 with the support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).

“The results of the trials in a majority of the locations are encouraging to consider it as an alternative species to vannamei, which has been found prone to diseases,” CIBA principal scientist Akshaya Panigrahi told The Hindu over phone.

Mr. Akshaya is the principal investigator of the farming trials project. “The root causes for diseases in vannamei are yet to be fully known. Factors such as farming feasibility, survival and growth rate of the Indian White Shrimp are enabling us to recommend it is an alternative to the Vannamei,” said Mr. Akshaya.

Source: The Hindu


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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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