Ludhiana 10 September, 2019-In view of the fast growth of Vannamei shrimp farming in the salt affected south west districts of Punjab, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana organised two days training programme on “Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Shrimp Farming”. The main aim of the said training programme was to acquaint aspiring stakeholders and shrimp farmers about BMPs to produce export quality shrimp for long term sustainability of shrimp farming industry in the State. Thirty eight trainees from various districts of Punjab and neighbouring states Rajasthan and Haryana participated. Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Head, Department of Aquaculture, R & D initiatives by GADVASU served as the much needed milestone for developing aquaculture in underproductive/unproductive salt affected wastelands of the state, which is converting adversity into prosperity and has uplifted the socio-economic status of the affected farming community beyond their imaginations. Being a ‘High Cost High Risk’ aquaculture activity, the existing huge potential of shrimp farming industry in Punjab can only be realised if every shrimp farmer adheres to strict bio-security guidelines and BMPs, addressing all food security concerns and international export standards, she added.

Dr. Prabjeet Singh, Course coordinator of the training programme informed that complete technical knowhow with respect to vannamei shrimp farming was given to participants, starting from pond construction, pond preparation, bio-security measures, BMPs in respect to seed source/quality, water quality management, feeding management, health management and processing/value addition.

Dr. Anuj Tyagi and Dr. Naveen Kumar B.T, Assistant Professors, Department of Aquatic Environment coordinated the technical sessions and sensitised the trainees about the importance of bio-security and health management in producing pathogen and chemical free export quality shrimp. Technical literature and information in respect start up utility services (water/soil testing and seed screening) provided by GADVASU was also given to the trainees. An exposure visit to shrimp farms in Mansa was also arranged for practical exposure.

Dr K.S. Sandhu Dean, College of Fisheries advised the farmers to follow scientific recommendations strictly to prevent any untoward incidence of disease outbreak, which can turn a potential industry into a night mare. He stressed the farmers to be in touch with experts for technical backup for optimised utilization of their saline resources for socio-economic gains through aquaculture.