The concept of “Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park “( ARTP) is the first of its kind implemented in the state and the country and has a complete facilities from ornamental fish brood stock development to export trading. Tamil Nadu being the water scarce state aquaculture can be effectively carried out in limited areas and with little water, only in such innovative systems such as raceways facilitated with RAS. Under one umbrella different and advanced technologies are inculcated to the farmers and entrepreneurs through on- farm demos. Mass production of ornamental fishes can be taken up using such systems in cost effective ways.
This facility consists of 10 mini hatchery units with all the facilities to breed the ornamental fish.
Each unit has 20 FRP and 10 glass tanks of the following dimensions:
This facility houses 10 Raceway units. Each unit comprises of two tanks with each tank capacity of 6 x 2 x 1.15 m (13 ton capacity) with air lift pumps operated by blowers which ensure a running water system.
This facility houses 8 Raceway units. Each unit comprises of four tanks with each tank capacity of 12 x 2 x 1.15 m (27 ton capacity) with air lift pumps operated by blowers which ensure a running water system.
Live feed culture facility incorporates a number of small tanks of all sizes to grow Rotifers, Daphnia, Moina and all other such live feed species. Adequate lighting, filled water and continuous aerators are essential for this system. Size of this building will be 208 m2. This will be maintained by TNFU and live feed will be sold by them on unit cost basis to the farmers in and around the facility.
It consists of two floors. The top floor is having air-conditioned conference/training hall in which training classes will be conducted. The ground floor is having a set of laboratories for the research and development on various aspects.
The lab complex comprises the following facilities:
Hatchery, indoor raceway and outdoor raceway units are handover to incubatees on lease basis for venturing breeding, culture and Production. Entire system is operated under SPV (special purpose vehicle) mode by O & M company on lease basis.