ICAR-CIBA signs MoU with Westland Marine to transfer 'Indigenous formulated shrimp feed'
ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) recently signed an MoU with Marine Private Limited to transfer the ‘Vannameiplus’ technology to develop cost effective and quality feed using indigenous feed ingredients for vannamei farming. Westland Marine plans to use ‘Vannameiplus’ on their own farms, and to also supply small and medium sized shrimp farms in their general proximity.
ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) recently signed an MoU with Marine Private Limited to transfer their technology to develop cost effective and quality feed using indigenous feed ingredients for vannamei farming, the ‘Vannameiplus’.
The technology is being transferred to series of private entrepreneurs for up scaling and commercial production on a non-exclusive basis.
Westland marine is currently farming shrimp in about 100 acres of water spread area in and around Gudur division of Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. The company plans to use CIBA's ‘Vannameiplus’ on their own farms, and to also supply the small and medium sized farms in their close proximity. This is expected to have impact on the local farming community by reducing the cost of production of shrimp.
The MoU event was presided by Dr. K.K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA. On his opening remarks Dr. K.K. Vijayan, indicated the effectiveness of Vannameiplus in bringing down the cost of shrimp production and increasing the profitability of shrimp farming. He also stressed the need for spreading this cost effective feed technology to more number of Indian farming community, and to make the shrimp farming a sustainable enterprise in this country.
Dr.K. Ambasankar Principal Scientist and SIC, Nutrition Group briefed about technical part of feed formulation and manufacturing, and the various activities proposed under this programme.
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