Baptala, 4 February 2017
Shri Prathipati Pulla Rao (Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh) commercially launched the CIBA VannameiPLUS feed, distributed Soil and Water Health Cards, and released CIBA publications in the Brackishwater Aquaculture Farmers Meet organized by Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) under National Innovations in Resilient Agriculture (NICRA). Shri Rao lauded the efforts taken by CIBA in developing the cost effective balanced shrimp feed Vannamei plususing indigenous ingredients with a cost of Rs 55-65/kg in the context of ever increasing feed cost which accounts for 60 to 65% of the total production cost, the major constraint affecting the growth and profitability of the shrimp farming sector. Shri Rao thanked CIBA for transferring the Vannamei plusfeed technology to progressive and leading shrimp farmer, Shri M.Karuna Rajuand, Shri Krishnam Raju of M/s. Sai Aqua Feeds, Bapatla, Guntur (Dt), APon a PPP mode in order to bring down the feed cost and to increase the profitability to the shrimp farmers. The innovative efforts of CIBA like scaling-up this technology and started the production of this cost effective feed and urged the farmers to use the desi technologies, for achieving sustainability in profit and production were highlighted.The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Pertaining to Penaeus vannamei Shrimp Farming and other publications on soil and water quality management, shrimp disease diagnosis and management, and shrimp as health food brought out by CIBA in English and Telugu language to create awareness among the farming community.
Dr J.K. Jena (DDG, Fisheries) highlighted the importance of aquaculture sector in the providing nutritional security to the ever increasing Indian population, and elaborated the role of Andhra Pradesh in aquaculture development both in freshwater and brackish water sectors. He also impressed upon the farmers to take the opportunity to utilize soil and water health cards issued by CIBA for better scientific farming. Dr K. K. Vijayan (Director, CIBA) stressed the role of public private partnership in developing the indigenous technologies for the benefit of farmers, and emphasised the need of promoting joint initiatives with research institutions such as CIBA, state government and the stakeholders.
Shri Rama Sankar Naik (Commissioner of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh) appreciated CIBA for partnering with farmers and stressed the need for replication of this model in the major shrimp farming areas of the state, where he assured the wholehearted support of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The PPP partner and farmer entrepreneur, Shri. P. Krishnam Raju, Sai Aqua Feeds elaborated the genesis of idea of setting up of feed mill and its role in reducing the cost of production. Shri. P. Krishnam Raju appreciated the CIBA’s whole hearted cooperation in execution of feed mill installation and their commitment in solving the teething problems;and stressed for cooperative mode in operating feed mill for increasing the profitability for the neighbouring farmers. Dr K. Ambasankar (Principal Scientist) informed that Vannamei Plus is the result of extensive research carried out by the nutrition group scientists of CIBA over four years.
(Courtesy: English Editorial Unit)