Project 1: Innovative Aquaculture Technologies
Uddaraju Ananda Raju Foundation engages with Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for promoting Innovative Aquaculture technologies for conservation of water and safe discharge of effluents in Andhra Pradesh.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing food production sector in the world and has emerged as one of the most significant means of alleviating poverty and malnutrition, globally. India is the second largest producer of aquaculture in the world. In 2012 India produced nearly 8.4 million tons of fish (including finfish and shellfish) nearly fifty percent of which originated from aquaculture, representing a significant increase over the past few decades. This increase in India’s aquaculture production was the result of rapid developments in the farming of whiteleg shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei recently introduced in the coastal states, particularly in Andhra Pradesh. Introduction of this shrimp was a boon to the Indian aquaculture industry which suffered heavy loss from the deadly viral diseases, collapsing the booming black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) farming since the mid-nineties.
Ananda Group has been in the forefront of promoting farmer-friendly technologies for the development of aquaculture in India with their integrated aquaculture, processing and export facilities established in Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh. Since the year 2000, Ananda has been promoting the concept of closed type shrimp farming which has helped in reducing discharges to the surrounding environment, and as eco-friendly farm models with improved biosecurity conditions. Feed is one of the major factors significantly affecting the economics of aquaculture enterprises, while the unused feed from farms are potential pollutants by way of farm effluents discharging nitrogenous wastes to public water bodies. Ananda has taken great strides in standardizing a zero-discharge eco-friendly farming concept using Biofloc technology and a project with an outlay of over 5 Crore Rupees over three years is being launched with the support of Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The major objectives of the Project are:
1.To apply innovative technologies as a means of minimizing water requirement in aquaculture systems.
2. To optimize water quality in aquaculture systems by applying efficient nutritional and health management strategies for sustainable production.
3. To regulate the discharge of nitrogenous effluents from aquaculture systems to public water bodies thereby preventing aquatic pollution by eutrophication.
4.To harness renewable sources of energy for use in aquaculture systems.
The project outcomes will be disseminated to the enterprising farmers in various parts of Andhra Pradesh by the Uddaraju Ananda Raju Foundation. This Project is one of the greatest recognitions the Foundation received from Govt. of India for its earnest efforts in empowering the farmer community in Andhra Pradesh.