15th May 2018, Bhiwani, Haryana
ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennaihas developed a cost effective and quality shrimp feed using indigenous feed ingredients for vannamei shrimp farming, and the feed is promoted as the ‘Vanami plus’. The technology is being transferred to series of private entrepreneurs for upscaling and commercial production on a non-exclusive basis. Adding to the list, a new feed mill was commissioned today by an entrepreneur at Bhiwani, Haryana by adopting VanamiPlus feed technology of CIBA, through an MOU. It is a first of its kind in Northern India, which will be a great advantage for shrimp farmers in inland saline regions of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, where the feed is brought from the southern states. With an installed production capacity of 750 kg/hour, this mill can produce 8-10 tonnes of feed per day. At the opening of the feed mill, a farmers meeting was organised with the farmers from Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.
Dr K.K. Vijayan, Director CIBA, while inaguarting the feed mill, explained this model as 'Factory to Farm', where the farmer can take the fresh feed directly from the feed mill to their farm, bypassing the agents, also savings on dealer margin. He assured that this would increase the profit margin of farmers by 20%.
Dr PravinPuthra, Asst Director General (Fisheries), highlighted the role played by the CIBA in the technology backstopping to the aqua farmers. He appreciated the efforts of CIBA in developing such cost-effective technologies and stressed about the significance of this technology in reducing the cost of production of shrimp in the northern part of India , and would be a boon to small and medium farmers in the country.
About 150 Farmrs from Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan participated in the event. This agri-business initiative would set an example for more youth to come under the Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) programme in the future. . On this occasion, a farmers meeting was also organised with the farmers from Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai)