"Harnessing the Science of Fisheries for Food, Nutrition and Livelihood"

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA)

The Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT) was started by the Tamil Nadu Government under Fisheries Department during 2008 entering an MoU with TATA group for a period of five years (2008-2013) in order to provide technical assistance and training to fisher folk for taking up marine cage culture, crab culture and seaweed culture and adoption of modern fishing practices and fish processing. The establishment of FITT commenced with the land allotment of 1.16 ha (RS No.97/3) in Muttukadu village with an initial assistance of Rs. 100 lakhs from Tamil Nadu Government and contributions from TATA.

Tamil Nadu Fisheries University (TNFU) was established by the Government of Tamil Nadu as per the Act 21 of 2012 on 19th June 2012. As per the TNFU Act, in the Schedule Part II, Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT), Chennai has been brought under the University from Fisheries Department on 11.07.2015. As per the TNFU Statues, Chapter III, Clause 26(2) and (3), under Other Constituent Units of University, the Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FIIT), Chennai shall function as a constituent unit of the University with mandates as prescribed by the Board and the Institute shall be headed by the Director, who will be appointed by the University following the Rules and Regulations prescribed. The nomenclature of FITT has been changed to Directorate of Incubation and Vocational training in Aquaculture (DIVA) as per USO No.339/S1/TNJFU/XIVBoM/A.14.10.1/2018 & Rc.No.548/S1/TNJFU/XIVBoM/A.14.10.1/ 2018 dated 14.04.2018 of The Registrar, TNJFU, Nagapattinam.

Objectives:

  • To develop and upgrade aquaculture technologies with innovative interventions for the benefit of farming community.
  • To collaborate with fisheries industries for conducting problem solving research for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs and students.
  • To provide business incubation services for the growth of farmers, start-ups and other stakeholders with lower lease rates and technical support.
  • To produce “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals required for aquaculture and fisheries sector.
  • To conduct need based training programmes in aquaculture and fisheries for development of entrepreneurship.
Master Plan of Muttukadu Centre

Units Functioning under this Directorate:

  • Paraprofessional Institute of Aquaculture Technology
  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture, Muttukadu, Chennai.
  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (Fish cage culture unit), Kolavai lake, Chengalpattu district.
  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (Fish cage culture unit), Poondi reservoir, Tiruvallur District.

The Paraprofessional institute of Aquaculture Technology, is being established under the university with the funding of National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD). This institute offered an one year Diploma course in Industrial Aquaculture Technology in 2018, and started to offer a 3 year Bachelor of Vocational degree (B.Voc in Industrial Aquaculture) from 2019 onwards. This institute has been established with the aim to produce “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals required for aquaculture and fisheries sector.

Job Opportunities for paraprofessionals

  • Farm supervisor/ Technician in Fish/ Shrimp farms.
  • Technician in ornamental fish culture and breeding unit and shrimp seed production unit (Hatchery).
  • Lab Technician in water quality, disease diagnostic and feed quality testing laboratory.
  • Marketing sales representatives for Feed, additives, medicines and other inputs.
  • To become an entrepreneur.

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA) signed MoU between various Private Fish and Shrimp Farms and Additives Companies for the benefit of Diploma and B.Voc. students’ internship program

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

Paraprofessional

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), during the year 2018.

Objectives

To develop cost efficient feeds for carps, tilapia, pangasius, shrimps and ornamental fishes.

Machineries

The newly established aqua feed extrusion mill has all equipments 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 hammer mill, pulveriser, mixer, 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 fisher folk, 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 fisher folks will come forward to take up the fish culture and considerably the fish production could be enhanced.

Aquafeed Extrusion Mill

Fish Feeds Available for Sale

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)

With feed costs accounting for up to 60% of the total variable costs of fish production, precision nutrition is becoming increasingly more important in the aquafeed industry. NIR technology uses near infra-red light to analyse an ingredient or feed sample to predict its nutritional value. Precision nutrition programs using NIR technology allow the nutritional value of feed and ingredient samples to be determined in a quick and simple manner generating actionable information within seconds. Using this technology, proximate and amino acid composition of feed ingredients, fish and shrimp feeds produced in the feed mill are analysed to minimize economic losses and to improve profitability by generating better formulations.

The indoor aquaculture complex has been established with a total of 8 cement tanks (6m X 4m X 1.5m each) and 10 ornamental fish FRP tanks (450 litre capacity) for conducting post graduate students’ research works, industry institute projects and also for conducting practical classes for the paraprofessional students.

Post Graduate Research

  • Effects of dietary supplementation of amino acids on the growth performances, muscle-growth-related gene expression and haematological responses of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus.
  • Evaluation of dietary supplementation of amino acids and phytase in plant based diets for Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei.

Ongoing Industry institute projects

  • Herbal feed additive as choline replacer and its effect on the growth of Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei
  • Effects of String protein on feed intake, growth and physiological responses of Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei
  • Effects of dietary supplementation of amino acids on the growth performances, muscle-growth-related gene expression and haematological responses of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus.
  • Evaluation of dietary supplementation of amino acids and phytase in plant based diets for Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei.

Indoor

The outdoor unit consists of four lined ponds (15 X 10 X 1.5m each) and one reservoir/treatment pond (Steel framed pond of 15 X 10 X 1.5m). The main objectives for the establishment of this outdoor aquaculture unit are:

  • To carry out feed validation on developing low cost shrimp and fish feeds.
  • To carry out post graduate students’ research programme on various brackishwater and marine fishes.
  • Practical demonstration on scientific farming to the farmers and trainees.

Outdoor

The Indoor Aquarium Unit consists of 25 aquarium tanks of 50 litres capacity, 30 circular troughs of 65 litres capacity and 30 plastic troughs of 45 litres capacity for conducting feed validation test prepared in the aquafeed mill and to study the palatability and digestibility of various experimental feeds for the post graduate students’ research.

In-door
In-door
In-door

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 a size of 4m X 4m X 2.5m each for the culture of Tilapia and Pangasius, whilst promoting cage culture by creating awareness programs and providing practical demonstration to the freshwater fish farmers and trainees.

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.

Poondi

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 which is produced from the aquafeed mill, DIVA and promotion of cage culture techniques through training programs.

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.

Ongoing post graduate research

  • Development of plant-based diet for GIFT Tilapia cultured in floating cages.
  • Evaluation of bioprocessed silkworm pupae meal and poultry by-product meal as fish meal replacer in diets of GIFT tilapia.

Kolavai Lake

Ongoing Projects

Schemes Operated under DIVA

  • Directorate of Aquaculture Technology and Training.
  • Creation of ornamental fish research cum demonstration facility and its Management.
  • Liaising work at secretariat.
  • Revolving fund.

Upcoming Facilities at Muttukadu

  • Fish feed analysis lab
  • Water quality analysis lab
  • Research Farm Facility
  • Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS)
  • Biofloc System

External Funded Scheme

Sl.no Scheme Name Funding Agency Budget
1 Development of cost-efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production NADP Rs. 398 lakhs
2 Institute of paraprofessional aquaculture technology at Muttukadu, Chennai NABARD Rs. 880 lakhs
3 TNJFU’s Business Incubators in Aquaculture and Fish Processing Technology to promote Start-ups Integrated Fisheries Entrepreneurship in Tamil Nadu State NADP Rs. 300 lakhs
4 Formulation of species specific fish feed using locally available low cost ingredients IAMWARM 34.80 lakhs (Part of the main project)

Ongoing Industry institute projects

Sl.no Scheme Name Funding Agency Budget
1 Herbal feed additive as choline replacer and its effect on the growth of Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei Natural Remedies, Bengaluru Rs. 5.42 lakhs
2 Effects of String protein on feed intake, growth and physiological responses of Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei String Bio, Bengaluru Rs. 7.56 lakhs

Expected Outcome

  • The aquaculture facilities like shrimp farm, ornamental fish culture units, multispecies hatchery and feed mill will serve as incubation units which can be shared for the growth of farmers, start-ups and other stakeholders with lower lease rates and technical support.
  • The Aquaculture quality testing laboratory will provide service to the fish and shrimp farmers for assessing the suitability of the water and soil for aquaculture.
  • The aquaculture research farm facilities, wet lab, aquaculture quality testing laboratory, feed mill etc., will serve as research hub for post graduate and doctoral students.
  • The above facilities will be utilized for the upgradation of technology with innovative interventions by the host institute and the same will be transferred to stakeholders.
  • The created facilities will be utilized for conducting problem solving research collaborating with fisheries industries for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs and students.
  • With the facilities available, “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals will be produced to meet out the requirements of aquaculture and fisheries sector.

Faculty

Sl.no Post Name
1 Director Dr. N.Felix
DIVA
1 Assistant Professor Dr. Mir Ishfaq Nazir
2 Assistant Professor Dr. E. Prabu
3 Farm Technician, Muttukadu Mr. C. Manavalan
4 Farm Technician, Poondi Mr. S. Rajmohan
NABARD Scheme
1 Assistant Professor (Contractual) Mr. P. Ramesh
2 SRF Ph.D. Mr. B. Kannan
NADP Scheme
1 SRF Ph.D. Mr. K. Manikandan
IAMWARM Scheme
1 Project Assistant Mr. G. Sathishkumar
director

Contact Details:

Dr. N.Felix, M.F.Sc., Ph.D.,
Director

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA),
ECR Muttukadu, Chennai - 603 112.

Phone:

044 - 2747 2118

Email:

diva@tnfu.ac.in

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Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture
ECR - Muttukadu,
Kancheepuram - 603 112

044 - 2747 2118


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