CIBA to inaugurate its first aquaculture research centre at Navsari Agriculture University

Chennai-based Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) has joined hands with Navsari Agriculture University (NAU) in setting up the first regional research centre for aquaculture in south Gujarat.
CIBA will be launching its first regional research centre in aquaculture at NAU campus on Thursday in the presence of deputy director general (fisheries science), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr Joykrushna Jena and director of CIBA Dr K K Vijayan, including deputy chief whip in Gujarat assembly R C Patel.
Sources said the total seafood exports from the country in 2016-17 is pegged at Rs 37,571 crore and the farm aquaculture export constitute a whooping Rs 25,000 crore. After Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, Gujarat is leading in shrimp farming. Surat, Navsari and Valsad have been the districts where shrimp farming has gained momentum in the past many years.
About more than half of 1.5 lakh people are engaged directly or indirectly in aquaculture in Gujarat and they live in coastal areas of the state’s southern region.
About 55,000 tonne shrimps were produced on 10 lakh hectare of land in Gujarat in 2017, which was 12% of the national production and generated a turnover of Rs 2,500 crore.
ICAR considers this development as successful example of its outreach programme taken up in collaboration with NAU in the last one decade or so.

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