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January 17, 2016


Kerala Gets Its First Vannamei Hatchery


The Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) has obtained a license to set up the state of Kerala’s first Penaeus vannamei hatchery.  India’s Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), based in the state of Tamil Nadu, issued the license for setting up the hatchery at the university’s Fisheries Research Station in Puduvypeen, Kerala.  The new hatchery will be called the “Nauplius Rearing Centre” and have the capacity to produce two million postlarvae a year.  The first postlarvae from the hatchery will be used for the university’s research and for tests with the farmers that are working closely with the university.


Pilot trials with vannamei were a huge success.  They proved that 5.5 to 6 metric tons of vannamei could be produced from one hectare, resulting in an approximate profit of over $20,000.


In the last five years, there has been a huge increase of vannamei farming in India, from just 50,000 metric tons in 2009 to more than 300,000 in 2014.  More than 60 percent of the production comes from the state of Andhra Pradesh, followed by the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.


Previously, vannamei farming was not popular in Kerala because farmers had to depend on other states for their seedstock.  KUFOS Vice Chancellor B. Madhusoodana Kurup said the Pokkali fields (large, marine coastal patties) of Kerala are ideal for farming vannamei.


Source: Trading Star.  Kerala Gets Nod for First Vannamei Shrimp Seed Hatchery. January 17, 2016.

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