• Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon. DG ICAR and Secretary, DARE is handing over hatchery produced seabass seeds to farming women during his visit to CIBA
    Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon. DG ICAR and Secretary, DARE is handing over hatchery produced seabass seeds to farming women during his visit to CIBA
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences visited CIBA Stall at 3rd India International Science Festival – 2017
    Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences visited CIBA Stall at 3rd India International Science Festival – 2017
  • ICAR-CIBA and TNFU join hands for sustainable development of aquaculture
    ICAR-CIBA and TNFU join hands for sustainable development of aquaculture
  • Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish harvest at Vennangupattu village
    Brackishwater cage farming of seabass fish harvest at Vennangupattu village
  • ICAR-CIBA receiving prize for its Hindi magazine
    ICAR-CIBA receiving prize for its Hindi magazine "Jal Tarang" at 89th Foundation day celebrations of ICAR on 16th July 2017
  • CIBA’s Desi Shrimp Feed Technology Transfer with Sri Sathvika Aqua Agro Industries Private Limited, Ongole, for the shrimp feed mill and Vannami Plus technology, an ARYA initiatives from CIBA
    CIBA’s Desi Shrimp Feed Technology Transfer with Sri Sathvika Aqua Agro Industries Private Limited, Ongole, for the shrimp feed mill and Vannami Plus technology, an ARYA initiatives from CIBA
  • An entrepreneur cheerfully holding a bag of hatchery produced milkfish seeds during the event of seed release
    An entrepreneur cheerfully holding a bag of hatchery produced milkfish seeds during the event of seed release
  • Dr. E.G. Silas, Founder Director CIBA & Former V.C, KAU unveiling the logo SCAFi on August 26, 2017 at Headquarters, Chennai
    Dr. E.G. Silas, Founder Director CIBA & Former V.C, KAU unveiling the logo SCAFi on August 26, 2017 at Headquarters, Chennai
  • Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Hon. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare releases the products developed by ICAR-CIBA during 89th ICAR foundation day celebrations in New Delhi
    Shri. Radha Mohan Singh, Hon. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare releases the products developed by ICAR-CIBA during 89th ICAR foundation day celebrations in New Delhi
  • Farm reared mud crab, Scylla serrta: a potential candidate for lucrative brackishwater farming
    Farm reared mud crab, Scylla serrta: a potential candidate for lucrative brackishwater farming
  • Pond reared Mystus cat fish, Mystud gulio using captive bred seed in KRC, CIBA, West Bengal
    Pond reared Mystus cat fish, Mystud gulio using captive bred seed in KRC, CIBA, West Bengal
  • Non invasive sampling of gonads of milkfish broodstock at CIBA, Muttukadu – a skilled expertise in captive breeding of milkfish
    Non invasive sampling of gonads of milkfish broodstock at CIBA, Muttukadu – a skilled expertise in captive breeding of milkfish
  • Scanning electron micrograph of microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) of shrimp, continue to be disease of concern for shrimp farming in India
    Scanning electron micrograph of microsporidian parasite Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) of shrimp, continue to be disease of concern for shrimp farming in India
  • Pond reared Milkfish, Chanos chanos during sampling in Andhra Pradesh
    Pond reared Milkfish, Chanos chanos during sampling in Andhra Pradesh
  • Farmed vannamei shrimp with black gill disease is further screened for other OIE listed pathogens at National Referral Laboratory for Brackishwater Aquatic Animal Diseases, ICAR-CIBA .
    Farmed vannamei shrimp with black gill disease is further screened for other OIE listed pathogens at National Referral Laboratory for Brackishwater Aquatic Animal Diseases, ICAR-CIBA .
  • Pond reared mud crab ready for marketing in the hands of tribal women at Sorlagondi village, Nagayalanka, Andhra Pradesh
    Pond reared mud crab ready for marketing in the hands of tribal women at Sorlagondi village, Nagayalanka, Andhra Pradesh
  • Seabass nursery rearing demonstration at Onjal village, Navsari, Gujrat
    Seabass nursery rearing demonstration at Onjal village, Navsari, Gujrat
  • Vannamei shrimp
    Vannamei shrimp
  • Nurserry rearing of seabass fry in hapas with active participation of women farmers at Pazhaverkadu, Tamil Nadu
    Nurserry rearing of seabass fry in hapas with active participation of women farmers at Pazhaverkadu, Tamil Nadu
  • Pile of farm-reared seabass harvested from pond in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh using hatchery produced seeds
    Pile of farm-reared seabass harvested from pond in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh using hatchery produced seeds
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Propagation of native, Indian white shrimp (Penaeus indicus) in the northern Kerala, as a ‘monsoon crop’ during May to September months and propagation in Sirkhazhi, Tamil Nadu

In continuation with the multi-location culture demonstration of Penaeus indicus carried out along different coastal states, ICAR-CIBA has taken initiative in producing the indigenous ‘Desi’ shrimp with support of NFDB. A partnership farming model of Indian white shrimp P. indicus was taken up in Kannur (northern Kerala) under the project on “Upgradation of Breeding and Culture Technology of Indian White Shrimp through stock evaluation and culture demonstration” for the performance evaluation of P. indicus. The farming inputs such as seed and feed (‘indicus plus’) and technical knowhow were provided by the institute.

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Propagation of native, Indian white shrimp (Penaeus indicus) in Sirkhazhi, Tamil Nadu

Scientists from ICAR-Central institute of brackishwater aquaculture (CIBA), a premier research institute in the country, are exploring ways to increase farmer’s profitability by promoting species diversification. Though exotic shrimp vannamei has totally captured coastal aquaculture diaspora contributing almost 4.06 lakh tonnes with Rs 26,000 crores, this has its demerit as single species and imported broodstock dependence and emerging disease problems (like EHP, white fecal disease) besides loss due to viral diseases -WSSV etc. It is more appealing to try out new avenues and species when farmers are failing to get successful shrimp crop due to extreme physico-chemical condition (high salinity) and disease prevalence. Research are conducted at ICAR-CIBA to assess the performance of the Indian white shrimp P. indicus, which is native of India, in terms of growth, productivity, etc., in comparison with non-native shrimps. Successful farming trials of this desi shrimp have been conducted in many maritime states (Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Gujarat) under National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) funded project to demonstrate and promote this indigenous species as an complementary species as envisaged under “Make in India” programme.

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Agricultural Education Day Celebrated at ICAR-CIBA, Chennai

Food is our basic need and agriculture is a unique occupation which supplies food and provide raw materials for other sectors to survive. Elders have rightly said that if farmers’ hands are slackened even the ascetic state will fail. Healthy food is important and it is imperative to connect the people who produce the food for others. Agriculture, the noble profession has the potential to eradicate poverty, unemployment and enhance the prosperity of the nation. Nevertheless, there has been a growing disconnect between agriculture and national development which needs to be refocused. A favourable attitude towards agriculture needs be inculcated among the students because teaching a student is tantamount to educating a family.

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ICAR- CIBA Celebrated World Fisheries Day Celebrations at Koovathur Village, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu

The World Fisheries Day was established to draw attention to the importance of fisheries and fish farming and to focus to the issues such as, overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of global marine and freshwater resources. CIBA celebrated this day on 21st November 2017 at Keelarkollai village in Koovathur Panchayat of Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu in convergence with about 120 villagers including fishers, tribals, rural youth and local leaders. Koovathur is a diversified village with crop husbandry, animal husbandry and fisheries as major occupation. The CIBA team is working with the villagers disseminated the aquaculture technologies, which can provide alternate livelihood opportunities, to increase their income. The hapa based seabass nursery rearing has already initiated in the village.

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Doubling farmers income through inland low saline shrimp farming in South Western Punjab: ICAR-CIBA initiative under skill India Programme

South Western Punjab in India possess abundant resources of inland saline groundwater, similar to brackishwater with salinities ranging from 3 to 15 ppt. The districts of Bathinda, Muktsar, Fazilka and parts of Mansa have regions with underlying low saline ground water; hence agricultural productivity in this region is low as compared to the rest of the regions in Punjab owing to poor soil fertility, insufficient irrigation network and the absence of a major river system flowing through the region. Farmers in this region earn an income of Rs. 30,000 to 50,000/acre from a crop based activities based on market prices, rain and type of crop cultivated. Inland shrimp farming using the amended low saline water is an alternate farming technology option, with a crop duration of 90-120 days for doubling farmers’ income through production of high value shrimp along with employment generation and societal development.

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Under the Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) Programme of ICAR: ICAR-CIBA’s initiative on innovative student project module on brackishwater aquaculture

Farming in land or water is the noble occupation and farmers consider it as their way of life. As on day, India is self-sufficient and self-reliant in food production and also exporting food grains. However, due to less profitability and an attitudinal bias towards city based jobs participation of younger generation in farming is taking a beat. The younger generation is technology savvy and socially networked and hence the outlook of farming needs a change to catch their imagination, by providing them opportunity to get exposure with farming activities. The educated youth look at farming as a need, being a food production sector, also to understand the scope for self-employment and economic benefits. They need innovative, profitable farming modules which are inspiring, challenging and profitable to consider farming as a profession or a career. Attracting and facilitating the educated youth to farming is the only way to keep the farming in perpetuity and feed the people in the days to come.

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ICAR-CIBA participated in the national event and the exhibition elicited huge interest among the students, entrepreneurs and public in brackishwater aquaculture

ICAR-CIBA participated as the Nodal Institute for ICAR in the “3rd India International Science Festival – 2017” held at Anna University, Chennai during 13-16 October 2017. The mega event with national science exhibition, Science and Technology Ministers Conclave, National Science Teachers Workshop, India International Science Film Festival, Grassroots innovators submit , National Start-Up Submit, attempt of students in Guinness Book of World Record, outreach programmes in R & D labs, etc., was inaugurated by Dr.Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Union Minister for Science and Technology, Environment, Forests, Climate Change and Ministry of Earth Sciences on 13th October 2017 at Anna University grounds.

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Director's Message...
Present day Indian shrimp farming almost entirely depends on aquaculture of exotic white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei .
Sole dependence on a single species cast doubt about the sustainability of Indian shrimp farming.
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