College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (GADVASU) had organized a 5-day online training program on “Best Management Practices (BMP) for Shrimp Farming”. The work done by the university for the development of shrimp farming in the salt-affected areas of southwest Punjab drew an overwhelming response with 92 entries from a diverse group including farmers, youth, women, fishery officers, doctors and extension workers.
The astonishing participation of women (38 percent) in said training was the highlight, indicating a growing interest in shrimp farming in the state.
To encourage the start-up of techno-business skills among the participants, the training program offered a comprehensive set of practices for shrimp farming, including biosecurity (threats / measures), standard operating procedures (SOPs) in this regard. which concerns site selection, pond construction, seed quality, storage, cultivation (water quality, food and health management), harvest, marketing, processing / value addition, food safety standards , effluent disposal recommendations and environmental impacts.
Major constraints, adaptive corrective measures and guidelines for viable shrimp farming were shared with the participants, in addition to informing them of Start financial aid available through various state / central government promotional programs. The training program was effectively coordinated by the program coordinator, Dr. Prabjet Singh; and the Technical Coordinators Dr. Naveen Kumar BT and Dr. Jitendra Shukla under the supporting guidance of the Director of Extension Education (GADVASU), Dr Parkash Singh Brar.
By addressing the participants, Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Dean College of Fisheries, said shrimp farming in the state will be developed under unfeigned responsibility to humans well-being and environmental well-being. Accentuating the enormous potential of shrimp farming in the northwestern states, it impressed the adherence to SOPs of producing quality shrimp, to create a niche known as a preferred destination for domestic market shrimp buyers and foreigner.
Emphasizing the university’s diligent efforts in the economic use of waterlogged wasteland affected by inland salt through shrimp farming, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, vice-chancellor of GADVASU, said the university is committed to providing technical assistance to the farming community for the sustainable development of the livestock and fisheries sectors.