Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture India Develops Live Feed

Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture (RGCA) is a society under Marine Products Export Development Authority, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. Dedicated to technology development for sustainable aquaculture with long term vision. RGCA has developed live feed of Artemia (Brine Shrimp) for shrimps and fish hatcheries. The live feed will be under brand name “Pearl” for which the trademark is currently under process. The project for the development of feed is located at Tharuvaikulam in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.

India currently imports all of Artemia about 2 metric tons annually in dried cyst form. Artemia is one of the most important live feed for the larvae of farmed aquatic organisms and therefore is an important consumable in hatcheries. This project by Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture is on a 13.2 acre site that comprises of 7 algal and 13 artemia ponds. 5 ponds are developed for evaporation for obtaining high saline water. The ponds are fully covered with aerial netting. The facility has recorded production of 231.5 Kg Artemia wet Cyst/Ha/Crop of 60 days.

Developing its own live feed is a step towards sustainable aquaculture for the country and shows the seriousness in the development of the business. Having space and huge shoreline India could be the next big hub for aquaculture. More details on the project are available on the Official site of RGCA

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