ICAR – Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture is regularly conducting various training programme for the empowerment of various stakeholders and in this endeavor A “Hands-on skill development training on Aquafeed Preparation Techniques and Quality Control” was conducted from 12th to 14th September 2023, on physical mode. This specialized training was aimed to offer skill development in indigenous aqua feed formulation, feed processing using extruder and pelletizer and feed management for sustainable brackishwater aquaculture.
Twenty six participants representing various states of India with diverse professional backgrounds such as, feed millers, potential entrepreneurs, farm owners, feed mill technicians, academicians and aqua input suppliers joined in this training to take aqua feed as a business entity. Participants were practically trained in feed formulation and feed manufacturing with the state -of art feed mill and analytical facilities in CIBA. Trainees learned the fundamentals of aqua nutrition, feed formulations, and feed management in relation to the biology of shrimps, crabs and fishes.
On concluding this three-day training program the trainees shared their feedback about the usefulness of this training and some of them expressed their willingness to partner with CIBA to take up the feed manufacturing business. Dr.K. Ambasankar, Course Director, ICAR-CIBA interacted with the trainees during the training program and stressed the significance of the feed-in aquaculture and the pioneering role played by CIBA in the sector. He also briefed on the training highlights and thanked all the participants for showing an overwhelming interest in the training and further translating this knowledge and skills to the rapidly growing aquaculture sector.