In­dia fo­cuses on adapt­ing to change

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An aqua­cul­ture con­fer­ence in In­dia re­cently fo­cused on the theme ‘As­sum­ing Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and Adapt­ing to Changes’.

Aqua In­dia 2016, a bi-an­nual event or­gan­ised by the In­dian So­ci­ety of Aqua­cul­ture Pro­fes­sion­als (SAP), was held this year in Vishakha­p­at­nam, Andhra Pradesh, from Jan­uary 29-30.

‘Seafood ex­ports from In­dia have in­creased five­fold in the last 15 years, reach­ing US $6.5 bil­lion, con­vert­ing In­dia into the fourth global seafood ex­porter,’ said Leena Nair, chair of Marine Prod­ucts Ex­port De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MPEDA).

But S. Muthukarup­pan, pres­i­dent of SAP, said: ‘A more than 10 per cent pro­duc­tion de­cline, due to flood­ing and dis­ease out­breaks, was al­ready seen in 2015. A re­cov­ery is likely to be marginal due to lower re­turns from farm­ing.’

White spot virus (WSSV) con­tin­ues to be the pre­dom­i­nant threat to farmed shrimp in In­dia, but new dis­eases are in­creas­ingly im­por­tant too, such as the run­ning mor­tal­ity syn­drome (RMS), white fae­ces syn­drome, and En­te­ro­cy­to­zoon hep­atope­naei, a mi­crosporid­ian caus­ing slow growth and bad feed con­ver­sions.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions at Aqua In­dia, par­tic­i­pants ex­pressed the need for in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity of quar­an­tine and brood­stock mul­ti­pli­ca­tion cen­tres, en­hanced bio-se­cu­rity mea­sures to avoid spread­ing new dis­eases, ge­netic pro­grammes, and new tech­nolo­gies to con­trol mi­cro­bial de­vel­op­ment in pond sys­tems, in­clud­ing probiotics and spe­cific func­tional feeds.

Nu­triad spon­sored the event and on re­ceiv­ing the gold spon­sor­ship award, the firm’s Dr Peter Cout­teau said: ‘Nu­triad has been work­ing along­side pro­duc­ers in In­dia for many years. To­gether with them, we de­velop con­cepts that ad­dress the cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges of the in­dus­try.’

Above: Dr Peter Cout­teau re­ceiv­ing the gold spon­sor award for Nu­triad at Aqua In­dia 2016 from Dr P Ravachan­dran of the Coastal Aqua­cul­ture Au­thor­ity

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