Training-cum-workshop on “Production risks and Better Management Practices of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) farming” for the fisheries officials and farmers of Odisha, 29-09-14

The Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) has conducted a training-cum-workshop to sensitize the state fisheries officials and progressive farmers of Odisha regarding the production risks and better management practices of pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) farming on 29.09.2014 at the Chilka hall of the Department of Fisheries, Cuttack. Forty district level fisheries officials and 20 progressive farmers across the state participated in the programme. Shri.Janaki Das, Additional Director of Fisheries who inaugurated the programme emphasised the importance of biosecurity of farms and stocking of Specific Pathogen Free L.vannamei shrimp seeds. Dr.M.Kumaran principal scientist and Principal Investigator of the NFDB funded project on Litopenaeus vannamei farming gave a detailed account about the evolving culture systems of L.vannamei farming and relative differences of L.vannamei and Penaeus monodon shrimps. He also explained the risk assessment protocols viz., hazard identification, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication adopted to assess the production oriented risks in L.vannamei farming. Dr.R.Saraswathy, Senior Scientist, CIBA trained the participants on the water quality management during pre-culture, culture and post culture period with guidelines. She also gave reference values for all the soil and water quality parameters and the kind of source materials to be used to adjust the water quality parameters. Dr.A.Panigrahi, Principal Scientist presented an overall view regarding the biology of L.vannamei, bio-security requirements, biofloc and periphyton based L.vannamei farming. A workshop on rapid risk assessment was held for the participants with a risk assessment template to identify the perceived hazards in L.vannamei farming in the state of Odisha, their probable causes, likelihood and their economic impact. The participants assessed that non-availability of SPF seed, diseases -running mortality and vibriosis, water quality, changing climate and lack of knowledge and skill were the major risks in Odisha as far as L.vannamei is concerned. Better Management Practices to manage these risks were explained to the trainee participants. Shri.Babithra Behera Deputy Director moderated the plenary session in which regulatory guidelines, permission for L.vannamei in low saline areas and issues affecting the sustainability of L.vannamei farming were deliberated. Finally Shri.R.N.Patnaik, District Fishery Officer, Cuttack who was the local organiser proposed the vote of thanks.

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