Staff Reporter

To be organised from October 7 by Tirunelveli college

TIRUNELVELI: The Centre for Aquaculture Research and Extension (CARE) of St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai has proposed to organise a three-day training programme for fish farmers on ‘Induced breeding and rearing murrel larvae’ from October 7 to popularise murrel culture and substantially increase the production of this edible freshwater fish.

According to CARE Director and CSIR emeritus scientist M.A. Haniffa, his centre had received a grant of Rs.3.20 crore from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, for the research project ‘A value chain on murrel production in Tamil Nadu and Orissa’ for producing murrel seeds on a large scale. The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar and New College, Chennai, have joined hands with CARE in this venture.

After the project was started in September 2008, as many as 14 stakeholders at Aaraikulam, Kallidaikurichi, Mukkoodal, Suththamalli, Krishnapuram and Mannaarpuram have started the seed production as well as culture of murrels.

“Since the demand for this delicious edible fish is on the rise in the market, interested farmers may approach the CARE, which will impart them hands-on training in seed production, live feed culture, larval rearing and culture of murrels. Apart from conducting lectures, practical sessions and video shows on murrel culture, the participants will be taken to the model ponds so that they can clearly understand the technical and other aspects involved in fish culture. As we’ve successfully synthesised standardised feed for the murrel, we’re about to apply for patent rights for this feed,” Dr. Haniffa said.

More details

Interested farmers may contact Dr. Haniffa at 0462 – 2560670 or 94431 57415 or research team members M. Dhanaraj (98658 30700), C. Ramki (98653 38855) or S.V. Arun Singh (98651 05525).