Breakthrough in shrimp farming in inland saline areas

13th November, 2014, Rohtak

Dr S Ayyappan Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research inaugurated the first  L. vannamei  harvest from the farmers’ field on 13th November, 2014 at Baniyani, Rohtak where farmers from the region interacted and discussed their concerns related to marketing and possible subsidies through government schemes. The production of L. vannamei in farmers’ ponds is expected to be 8.0 – 10.0 tons/ha in 120-130 days with a net profit of Rs.8 - 10 lakhs/ha/crop.

Breakthrough in shrimp farming in inland saline areas Breakthrough in shrimp farming in inland saline areas

The Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Rohtak Centre has taken up aquaculture of Penaeus monodon and Litopenaeus vannamei using inland saline ground waters at farmers’ field for the first time in the country.   The CIFE, Rohtak Centre initiated Penaeus monodon culture during 2009 in high saline area of Baniyani farm where the production ranged from  400-1600 kg/ha/120 days. Later P. monodon and Litopenaeus vannamei were started in low saline area of Lahli farm (2.0-5.0 ppt) and high saline unit of Baniyani (12-15 ppt) during 2012. In low saline waters, a much higher production of 2,700 kg/ha/130 days and in high saline waters, a record production of 13.5 tons/ha/120 days was obtained for P. monodon and L. vannamei respectively during 2013.    These technologies have been transferred to farmers’ fields by a team of Scientists namely Dr. A. K. Reddy, Shri Hari Krishna led by Dr. W. S. Lakra, Director, CIFE, Mumbai for the first time under the overall guidance of Dr. S. Ayyappan, DG, ICAR.   Consequently,  L. vannamei  farming has been successfully taken up by two farmer groups at Baniyani and Meham villages in Rohtak district of Haryana during 2014.

The technology has immense potential for its further propagation in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh enhancing fish productions for inland states towards blue revolution.

(Source: CIFE, Mumbai)