The Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT) was started during the year 2008 entering MoU with TATA group for a period of five years (2008-2013) with a view to provide technical assistance and training to fisherfolk for taking up marine cage culture, crab culture and seaweed culture and adopt modern fishing practices and fish processing. To establish FITT 1.16 ha land (RS No.97/3) in Muttukadu village was allotted with an initial assistance of rupees 1crore from Tamil Nadu Government and also funds from TATA. The FITT was operated by State Fisheries Department and through the TNFU Act 2012, the FITT has been transferred to the University on 11.07.2015. As per the TNFU statutes, the FITT shall function as a constituent unit of the University with mandates prescribed by the Board.
Therefore to bring the FITT under TNJFU, the FITT has been formed as Directorate and named as Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA) from April 2018 with the following objectives.
The Institute of Paraprofessional Aquaculture Technology, is being established under the university with the funding of National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD). This institute offers an one year course of Diploma in Industrial Aquaculture Technology from 2018, and it is planned to start a 3 year B.Voc in Industrial Aquaculture and 1 year Post-Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture from 2019 onwards. This institute have been established with the aim to produce “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals required for aquaculture and fisheries sector.
|Sl. No.||Name of the Farm||Date|
|1||M/s. Shibin Nutraceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Saligramam, Chennai- 600 093||28.12.2018|
|2||M/s. Aquatic Remedies, Kolathur, Chennai – 600 099||29.12.2018|
|3||M/s. King Aquatic, Gummidipoondi, Thiruvallur Dt. – 601 201||29.12.2018|
|4||M/s. Periyar Integrated Fish Farm, Vandalur, Chennai -600 048.||30.12.2018|
|5||M/s. Monish Aquatics Pvt. Ltd. Palur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram Dt.||30.12.2018|
|6||M/s. Sun Marine Hatchery, Ramnagar south, Chennai – 600 091 (Chennai region)||02.01.2019|
|7||M/s. Sun Marine Hatchery, Ramnagar south, Chennai – 600 091 (Nellore region)||02.01.2019|
The aqua feed extrusion mill has been established under the project on “Development of cost efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production” funded by National Agricultural Development Agency (NADP), for a period of two years from 2017 to 2018 and implemented in Directorate of Incubation and Vocational training in Aquaculture (DIVA), ECR, Muttukadu of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University. The main objectives for the establishment of this aqua feed extrusion mill are
The newly established aqua feed extrusion mill has all equipment to produce both floating and sinking feeds. The floating feed production line includes hammer mill, pulveriser, mixer, pre-conditioner with extruder, dryer, shifter, oil coater and other accessories. The sinking feed production line includes pelletizer, post conditioner, dryer, cooler, siever, crumbler and accessories like conveyors and elevators. The three machineries hammer mill, pulveriser and mixer are common for both production lines. Floating feed production capacity of this feed mill is 100-150 kg per hour and sinking feed production capacity is 400-500 kg per hour. The cost of new aqua feed extrusion mill building is Rs.50.00 lakh and feed mill machineries cost Rs.145.00 lakh. This aqua feed extrusion mill has been established to develop new cost efficient feed technologies and formulations which will be disseminated to fish famers for preparing their own on-farm feed with less cost compared to commercial feeds available in the market. MoUs will be signed with fisherfolk, farmers and new feed mill companies to transfer the technologies. The benefit of production of cost efficient feeds is to minimize the feed cost in fish farming and enhance the profitability. As the reduction of cost of fish feed and more profitability is ensure, farmers and fisherfolks will come forward to take up the fish culture and considerably the fish production could be enhanced.
The indoor aquaculture complex has been established with a total of 8 tanks of 6m X 4m X 1.5m and 5 ornamental fish FRP tanks for conducting post graduate students’ research works and also for conducting practical for the paraprofessionals.
The outdoor unit consists of lined pond with a size of 15m X 10m and GI cages of 6 X 4m size for post graduate research.
Recently, Cage culture is receiving more attention by commercial fish producers as they offer the farmers a chance to utilize existing water resources in which most cases have only limited use for other purposes. A total of 24 cages were installed at Poondi reservoir with size of 4m X 4m X 2.5m each for the culture of Tilapia, Pangasius and Roopchand (Pacu).
The optimum stocking density for cage culture of GIFT Tilapia was found to be 200 nos and 50 nos per cubic meter for nursery and grow out cages respectively.
This Directorate is being involved in culture practices with Tilapia and Carps in HDPE floating cages in Kolavai lake. A total of 32 cages were installed (size 4m X 4m X 2.5m each) for the culture of fishes with Growpia feed.
The optimum stocking density for cage culture of GIFT Tilapia was found to be 80 and 20 per cubic meter in nursery and grow out cages respectively.
|1||Director in-charge||Dr. N. Felix|
|1||Teaching Assistant||Mr. M. Balaganesan|
|2||Farm Technician||Mr. C. Manavalan|
|NADP Feed Scheme|
|1||Assistant Project Manager||Mr. A.S. Rajmohan|
|2||SRF Ph.D.||Mr. E. Prabu|
|1||SRF Ph.D.||Mr. B. Kannan|
|1||Project Assistant||Mr. K. Manikandan|
Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA),
ECR Muttukadu, Chennai - 603 112.
044 - 2747 2118Email:
The following are the centres of DIVF
Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture
ECR - Muttukadu,
Kancheepuram - 603 112
044 - 2747 2118
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