ICAR-CIBA signs MoU with Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh

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31 August 2021, New Delhi: The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh for the Technology Transfer of a cost-effective Hatchery and Seed Production Technology of Brackishwater catfish (Mystus gulio), an important species for aquaculture diversification today. The technology was developed by the ICAR-CIBA’s Kakdwip Research Centre.

The Technical guidance on Hatchery design, construction and Seed Production were provided for the production of the first batch of Hatchery-bred Seeds on 16th July, 2021 and nursery reared for 40 days. The farmers were distributed with the Hatchery-produced Seeds by Shri Simhadri Ramesh Babu, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Avanigadda, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh on 25th August, 2021.

In his address, Shri Babu emphasized that by taking-up the culture of M. gulio, the small scale farmers can yield good profits.

Dr. K.P. Jithendran, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai accentuated on the positive impact of the cost-effective Hatchery Seed Production Technology of M. gulio on the Brackishwater Aquaculture diversification and a make-in India technology for employment generation among the coastal families of  West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

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The Joint Director (Fisheries), Krishna District and Deputy Director of Fisheries, Government of Andhra Pradesh were also present during the occasion.

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