The ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai has signed a MOU with Joshy Paul, ‘Ornamental Fish Entrepreneur’, a progressive ornamental fish breeder and trader from Thrissur, Kerala.
With this Memorandum of Understanding, the ICAR-CIBA identified the brackishwater ornamental aquaculture as a sector with the greater growth prospects in the country.
This is a maiden MOU by the CIBA for the promotion of brackishwater ornamental aquaculture with a farmer in a partnership mode, first time in the country.
Dr. K.K. Vijayan, Director, CIBA, highlighted the need to develop the brackishwater ornamental fish sector on the principles of sustainability, through the development of a value chain from breeding and rearing using the formulated feeds, rather than relying on the unsustainable means, such as, capture from the wild. He underlined the need for adopting a holistic approach inclusive of nutrition, health management, genetics and novel marketing strategies in the country and overseas.