4th February 2017, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh
Shri Prathipati Pulla Rao, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh commercially launched the CIBA VannameiPLUS feed in the Brackishwater Aquaculture Farmers Meet organised by ICAR - Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture under National Innovations in Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) project today. He appreciated the efforts taken by CIBA in developing the cost effective balanced shrimp feed Vannamei plus using indigenous ingredients with a cost of Rs.55-65per kg in the context of ever increasing feed cost which accounts for 60-65% of the total production cost, the major constraint affecting the growth and profitability of the shrimp farming sector. He later distributed Soil and Water Health Cards to about 80 shrimp farmers in the neighborhood of Bapatla and released farmer friendly publications.
Dr. J.K. Jena,Deputy Director General (Fisheries in his presidential address 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 brackishwater 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.
Shri Rama Sankar Naik, IAS, Commissioner of Fisheries, Govt. of AP 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 Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
Shri Annam Satish Prabhakar, MLC, Guntur District while delivering the Guest of Honour address, elaborated the efforts taken by the State Government for aquaculture development.
Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA in his introductory speech 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.
The Vannamei plus feed technology is transferred to progressive and leading shrimp farmer, Shri. M.Karuna Raju and Shri Krishnam Raju of M/s. Sai Aqua Feeds, Bapatla, Guntur (Dt), AP on a PPP mode in order to bring down the feed cost and to increase the profitability to the shrimp farmers.
(Source: ICAR - Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture)