Navsari Gujarat Research Center of ICAR- CIBA
ICAR –CIBA established its first aquaculture research center on the west coast of India at Navsari Agricultural University campus, Navsari Gujarat. The Navsari Gujarat research center of CIBA was established on 7th June 2018 in Navsari district of Gujarat. The main objective of the center is to carry out sustainable brackishwater aquaculture development activities along the west coast of India. CIBA has expertise in quality seed production, feed technology, and aquatic animal health. This extends the technological support to the aqua farmers in the region. The Gujarat state has got enormous brackishwater resources spread across the 1600 km coastline, with the help of NGRC of CIBA can make significant progress in the fish production through brackishwater aquaculture and contribute for the state to double the income of farmers through progressive brackishwater aquaculture development activities.
ICAR-CIBA, Chennai and the Department of Fisheries, Gujarat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the sustainable development of brackishwater aquaculture in Gujarat, under which NGRC of CIBA has got its 10 ha brackishwater aquaculture development and training farm at Matwad village of Navsari, Gujarat. Through this MoU, CIBA initiated farming in partnership with the Department of Fisheries at Matwad Village. This partnership aid in utilizing the untapped potential for aquaculture by developing appropriate brackishwater aquaculture production systems and location specific farming practices suitable for the state. NGRC of CIBA is engaged in research and training and demonstration of brackishwater aquaculture of finishes (Asian Seabass, Milkfish, Red Snapper, Grey Mullet, etc.) and shellfishes (Shrimps, Crabs, etc.) to aquafarmers including tribals and SC farmers for the upliftment of their livelihoods. Successfully demonstrated hapabased nursery rearing of brackishwater finfishes Asian seabass, Milkfish and pearlspot in high saline water to tribals of Matwad village at NGRC-CIBA farm, Matwad, Navsari. Apart from farm, NGRC – CIBA has established a laboratory for research and testing soil and water quality samples of ponds of aquafarmers.
- Dr. P. Mahalakshmi Principal Scientist and Nodal officer for NGRC, ICAR –CIBA, Chennai
- Mr.Pankaj A Patil, Scientist and OIC, ICAR –CIBA, NGRC
- Mr. Tanveer Hussain, Scientist, ICAR-CIBA, NGRC
- Mr. Jose Antony, Scientist, ICAR-CIBA, NGRC