Demand for huge quantity of the species goes up in the region

National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) has sanctioned Asian Seabass seed production unit — the first in Andhra Pradesh — in Krishna District. With brackish water aquaculture activity gaining ground in the district, demand for huge quantity of Asian Seabass (Lates Calcarifer) species has also gone up.

Brackish water aquaculture is taken up in more than 5,000 acres across the district, but the farmers depend only on Seabass seed provided by Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture (CIBA), Tamil Nadu. The CIBA officials said that the variety survives in freshwater aquaculture ponds also, hence very popular.

High yield

The yield of Asian Seabass is much higher compared to other species such as Mrigala, Grass crop and Seelavathi. This led to the demand increasing manifold. Getting entire requirement from Tamil Nadu is turning out to be a Herculean task.

Many farmers had to withdraw their plan of growing the variety due to non-availability of seed in the district. “The NFDB has sanctioned a seed production unit worth Rs.72 lakh, which is proposed at Urlagonditippa village in Kruthivennu mandal. It will be set up by T. Sankara Rao, a farmer,” Fisheries Deputy Director T. Kalyanam told The Hindu .

The farmer will be given a subsidy of Rs.10 lakh if he completes the venture successfully.

The one-acre Asian Seebass production unit, the first unit in Andhra Pradesh, was aimed at producing 10 millions seed per year.

“All is set to start the seedling production this week on the proposed brackish water pond. The final stage of CIBA’s inspection on how the pond is designed and preparedness facilities is pending,” said Mr. Sankara Rao, a progressive farmer.

If the project turns out to be a success, many proposals for similar units are expected from Pedapatnam, Kruthivennu and Nagayalanka where brackish water aquaculture is the prime activity.

“The unit will also be able to meet the demand for Asian Seabass without depending on the CIBA in Tamil Nadu,” said Mr. Kalyanam.

The Asian Seabass grows in ten months.

  • Brackish water aquaculture is taken up in more than 5,000 acres across the district

  • The unit is proposed at Urlagonditippa village in Kruthivennu mandal