MOU signed with Govt. of Gujarat and ICAR-CIBA for the Brackishwater Aquaculture Development in the state

ICAR-CIBA, Chennai and the Department of Fisheries, Gujarat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the sustainable development of brackishwater aquaculture in Gujarat on 5th September, 2018. Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai and Shri. Mohammed Shahid (IAS), Commissioner of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Gujarat signed the MOU in the presence of Shri. R. C. Faldu, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Transport, Government of Gujarat.

During the interaction Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai expressed that the state of Gujarat with its huge brackishwater resource spread across the 1600 km of coastline, can make significant progress in the fish production through brackishwater aquaculture. Already CIBA is partnering with the state in the promotion of shrimp farming and cage farming with seed and feed technologies of CIBA. Brackishwater can provide alternative livelihood options with fish production, income and employment. Through this MoU, CIBA would initiate farming in partnership with Department of Fisheries at Matwad Village, Navsari. Navsari Gujarat Research Center (NGRC) of CIBA, at CIBA is engaged in research, training and demonstration of brackishwater aquaculture of finishes (Asian Seabass, Milkfish, Red Snapper, Grey Mullet, etc) and shellfishes (Shrimps, Crabs, etc).

This partnership would aid in utilising the untapped potential for aquaculture by developing appropriate brackishwater aquaculture production systems and location specific farming practices suitable for the state. Mr. Pankaj A. Patil, Scientist & Officer In-Charge, ICAR-CIBA NGRC, Navsari, Mr. K. R. Patani, Deputy Director of Fisheries coordinated the event.

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