Mud crab hatchery expertise, developed by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), has obtained patent by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks for 20 years from 2011 to 2030, which is ready to spice up the expansion of the aquaculture sector.
The hatchery expertise for mud crab (scientific identify – Scylla serrata), is far in demand in southeast Asian nations the place reside crabs are extremely most well-liked as a tasty seafood.
RGCA, the analysis and growth arm of the government-owned Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), had utilized for the patent in 2011.
“It will go a long way in meeting the seed requirement of farmers who intend to undertake diversified species for aquaculture instead of concentrating on shrimp farming alone. MPEDA is dedicating this achievement to the aquaculture farmers of the country for their support and to the young scientists of RGCA who have worked tirelessly to achieve this morale-boosting feat,” MPEDA chairman KS Srinivas, who can be president of RGCA, stated in a press release.
Keeping in view the massive demand of mud crab, significantly in southeast Asia, MPEDA had initiated a pilot venture for mud crab seed (generally known as crab-instar) manufacturing in 2004. But, the business hatchery began solely in 2013 with a capability of 1 million species every year. Due to its rising demand, the seed manufacturing capability of RGCA’s mud crab hatchery has now been elevated to 1.four million.
Srinivas additionally stated that the most important achievement lies in growing the survival price of crab instar from 3% to 7%. Further, the hatchery unit is designed in such a fashion that each one sections are beneath one roof with full bio-security measures. So far, 7.28 million seeds have been produced and equipped to 659 farmers throughout the nation.
RGCA was set as much as give a fillip to commercialisation of diversified aquaculture species comparable to sea bass, mud crab, Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT), cobia, pompano and artemia. It focuses on growing India’s marine merchandise export by producing and supplying good high quality seeds, which is a main enter for aquaculture.