Shri. Anjan Dandapat, a progressive and innovative brackishwater farmer from Balasore, Odisha, who adopted the technology of ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai in the farming of desi shrimp (Penaeus indicus), has been awarded with “Best Brackishwater Shrimp Farmer - Coastal States 2018” by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
Shri Anjan Dandapat hails from Sahada, in Balasore District, Odisha is one of the progressive farmer practicing scientific farming of Peneaus indicus under the guidance of CIBA. Shri Dandapat is engaged in shrimp farming for last 20 years with commitment for sustainable and environmentally friendly farming. He in partnership with CIBA has obtained a production of 3 to 6.5 tons/ha of P. indicus. Apart from scientific shrimp culture, the farmer is practicing diversified and sustainable polyculture practices with economically important finfishes like Etroplus and Bekti through scientific interventions and modifications. Shri. Dandapat farm is a sustainable model for scientific shrimp culture using the desi shrimp such as indicus, which has potential to duplicate, across the Indian coastal states.
Shri E. Ramesh Kumar, Joint Secretary of DADF, presented the award in the presence of Ms. Rani Kumudini, I.A.S, The Chief Executive of the NFDB, at the function organised at Visakhapatnam, on the eve of National Fish farmers Day on 10th July 2018.
Since 2010, shrimp culture in India has shifted to farming of an exotic American white shrimp, Peneaus vannamei. This selective bred and specific pathogen free (SPF) vannamei from USA almost replaced our native aquaculture species such as P. monodon, and P.indicus. Later rapid expansion and intensive farming of vannameiwithout proper scientific management practices lead to outbreak of diseases resulting in crop failures, making the farming outcome an unsustainable one. In this backdrop CIBA proposed and promoted the farming of native Indian whit shrimp, P. indicus, as a complementary species, for farming, in the place of P. vannamei. The diversification of farming using the desi shrimp has been conceived by CIBA as a “Make in India” programme among Indian shrimp farmers.
Through an NFDB funded project, CIBA demonstrated P. indicus culture technology for both small and large scale farming with Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), along the six coastal states of India.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai.)