INDIA :Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) has been given green light from the Coastal Aquaculture Authority in Chennai to set up a hatchery for producing vannamei shrimp seeds in this State.
The project will be developed at the university’s Fisheries Research Station on Puthuvypeen Island.
In a first stage, the hatchery would start functioning as the Nauplius Rearing Centre that has the capacity to produce two million seeds a year. The product will be used for the university’s own purposes and that of farmers associated with the house of studies.
Vannamei shrimp (Litopenaes vannamei) farming was not popular in Kerala mainly because farmers had to depend on other states for the seeds.
Now, the new hatchery in KUFOS would help to popularise the vannamei culture, boosting the crustacean export rate from Kerala.
KUFOS vice chancellor, B. Madhusoodana Kurup, stressed, "We have proved that 5.5 to 6 tonnes of vannamei could be produced from one hectare, resulting in an approximate profit of Rs.14 lakh [INR 1.4 million (USD 20,605)]”.
He added that vannamei was an easy-to-breed species and there was a significant increase in production of vannamei shrimp in India in the past five years from just 50,000 tonnes in 2009 to more than 300,000 tonnes in 2014, Business Standard informed.
More than 60 percent of India's shrimp production takes place in Andhra Pradesh, followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.FIS