We have some good news for India’s shrimp farming companies. A new indigenous feed technology can lower shrimp production cost by 20%.
What is this new indigenous feed technology?
Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) according to credible sources has introduced an indigenous shrimp feed technology that can be used for the production and processing of pellet feeds of varying grades mainly starter, grower and finisher. Pellet feeds that specifically will come in handy for the culture of tiger shrimp and Indian white shrimp.
The CIBA insists that the feed they will produce using the new technology is of the same quality as available feeds. From a cost point of view, shrimp farming companies stand to gain a lot. The CIBA produced feed is less expensive than the imported commercial varieties. The reason for the edge cost wise is the institute’s production process leverages indigenous technology and machinery and also utilises indigenous raw materials.
The institute picks raw materials from amongst 16 chosen ingredients. Ingredients which are homegrown and can be procured easily. These ingredients include protein sources, lipids, carbohydrate sources, feed additives and binders as per the scientists working on the project.
The best part is the feed pellets have been produced separately for tiger shrimp and white shrimp taking into consideration the unique dietary nutritional needs. This is to ensure that the shrimp species derive the necessary vitamin and mineral mixtures from the feed formulations. The feed formulations are the best bet for shrimp farming companies as they comprise feed attractants and other feed additives that help shrimps grow faster.
The institute carried out extensive trials such as yard experiments and field trials in grow-out ponds.
Results indicate that shrimp aquaculture companies stand to save 20% in production cost if they use the feed produced by CIBA. Scientists involved the project further revealed that the farmers who will be using the feed produced by the CIBA are more likely to get a higher profit. This they say is one of the outcomes of the exhaustive field trials carried out.
Dr RK Vijayan, the Director of CIBA believes that the size of the market for the shrimp feed is huge. The reasons are only 15% of coastal lands can currently be used for shrimp aquaculture and that the land being used for shrimp farming is expanding by the day. What’s more, entrepreneurs can have the CIBA feed technology transferred to their place.