Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) visited the ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai on 6th and 7th August 2017. He was accompanied by Dr.Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries).
In his interaction with scientists and staff of the Institute, Dr Mohapatra emphasized to consolidate the impact of technologies transferred to the sector, and also to document the startups established based on the CIBA’s technologies. He, further urged that CIBA should take lead role in establishing and promoting brackishwater aquaculture in inland saline areas in landlocked states, with suitable technologies to make the hitherto unproductive areas to become productive.
DG also released a DNA based diagnostic kit for the screening of EHP disease in shrimp, for the benefit of shrimp farmers in the country, books on CIBA Technologies and FAQs on Shrimp farming in Hindi language.
Dr Jena briefed about the brackishwater aquaculture sector in terms its contribution to fish production, export earnings and the role played by CIBA in addressing the issues of the sector. unproductive areas to become productive.
Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA highlighted the salient achievements of the institute, focusing on the technological backstopping role of CIBA in taking up the brackishwater aquaculture forward, especially in the areas of species diversification, feed development and health management. He also presented the way forward for the sector.
Earlier, Dr Mohapatra visited Muttukadu Experimental Station of CIBA and urged to focus on the prioritized programmes, taking the requirement of the developmental needs of the brackishwater sector. He distributed hatchery produced seabass fish seeds to farmers from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Women SHGs from Tamil Nadu.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai)