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CIBA conducted an on-line Farmers’ Awareness Campaign on Balanced Use of Minerals/Fertilizers in Shrimp Aquaculture

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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture organized the Farmers’ Awareness Campaign on ‘Balanced Use of Minerals/Fertilizers in Shrimp Aquaculture” in Tamil language on 18th June 2021 in a virtual platform on the occasion of celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence. About 310 persons participated in the campaign including farmers, aqua consultants, scientists and research students. The Chief Guest Dr. D. Manikandavelu, Professor and Head, Department of Aquatic Environment Management, Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, emphasized the importance of water quality management in aquaculture with special reference to fertilizer nutrients and minerals. The participants were educated on role of soil and water testing in identification of minerals deficiency, judicial use of minerals and fertilizers in different saline aquaculture systems, alternative use of shrimp pond discharge water and pond soil for agricultural use as waste management strategies and ongoing Soil and Water Health Card Scheme. Dr. M. Muralidhar, Principal Scientist & SIC, Environment Section, welcomed the participants on behalf of Dr. K.P. Jithendran, Director, CIBA and highlighted the objectives of this meeting and stressed the importance of balanced application of minerals in the context of using different source waters of varying salinity. Dr. R. Saraswathy, Principal Scientist, Dr. P. Kumararaja, Senior Scientist, Dr. S. Suvana Sukumaran, Dr. Satheesha Avunje, Scientists and Dr. A. Nagavel, Chief Technical Officer were the subject matter specialists for the sessions.