Mud crab hatchery know-how, developed by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), has obtained patent by the Controller Common of Patents, Designs and Commerce Marks for 20 years from 2011 to 2030, which is about to spice up the expansion of the aquaculture sector.
The hatchery know-how for mud crab (scientific title – Scylla serrata), is way in demand in southeast Asian international locations the place dwell crabs are extremely most well-liked as a tasty seafood.
RGCA, the analysis and improvement arm of the government-owned Marine Merchandise Export Improvement Authority (MPEDA), had utilized for the patent in 2011.
“It should go a good distance in assembly the seed requirement of farmers who intend to undertake diversified species for aquaculture as a substitute of concentrating on shrimp farming alone. MPEDA is dedicating this achievement to the aquaculture farmers of the nation for his or her help and to the younger scientists of RGCA who’ve labored tirelessly to attain this morale-boosting feat,” MPEDA chairman KS Srinivas, who can be president of RGCA, stated in a press release.
Preserving in view the massive demand of mud crab, significantly in southeast Asia, MPEDA had initiated a pilot challenge for mud crab seed (referred to as crab-instar) manufacturing in 2004. However, the business hatchery began solely in 2013 with a capability of 1 million species each year. Because of its rising demand, the seed manufacturing capability of RGCA’s mud crab hatchery has now been elevated to 1.4 million.
Srinivas additionally stated that the most important achievement lies in growing the survival price of crab instar from 3% to 7%. Additional, the hatchery unit is designed in such a fashion that every one sections are beneath one roof with full bio-security measures. Thus far, 7.28 million seeds have been produced and provided to 659 farmers throughout the nation.
RGCA was set as much as give a fillip to commercialisation of diversified aquaculture species corresponding 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 chief enter for aquaculture.