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