Mpeda -RGCA’s mud crab hatchery know-how, the one one in every of its type within the nation, has been granted patent by the Controller Normal of Patent, Design and Emblems. The patent, a formidable milestone in India’s aquaculture sector, has been granted from 2011 and might be legitimate until 2030.
The hatchery know-how for mud crab (scientific title – Scylla serrata) that’s in good demand in South-East Asian international locations, the place reside crabs are extremely most popular as a delicacy, has been developed by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, the analysis and growth arm of the Marine Merchandise Export Growth Authority.
Mpeda (Marine Merchandise Export Growth Authority) Chairman KS Srinivas mentioned the achievement is exceptional within the historical past of Indian aquaculture as for the primary time the Central Authorities has granted a patent for this know-how within the nation. “It’ll go a great distance in assembly the seed requirement of farmers who intend to undertake diversified species for aquaculture as a substitute of concentrating on shrimp farming alone,” he mentioned.
Bearing in mind that there isn’t any different hatchery for mud crab in India, RGCA had utilized for patent rights for the mud crab hatchery know-how in 2011 with the Controller Normal of Patent, Design and TradeMarks.
Preserving in view the massive demand of mud crab, particularly in South-East Asian international locations, Mpeda had initiated a pilot venture for mud crab seed (often called crab-instar) manufacturing throughout 2004 and subsequently made the industrial hatchery for the primary time in India throughout 2013 with the capability of 1 million every year. Resulting from its rising demand, the seed manufacturing capability of RGCA’s mud crab hatchery has been elevated to 1.4 million every year.
Srinivas mentioned the key achievement lies in rising the survival price of crab instar from three per cent world file to seven per cent. Additional, the hatchery unit is designed in such a way that each one sections are underneath one roof with full bio-security measures. Thus far, 7.28 million seeds have been produced and equipped to 659 farmers throughout the nation.
RGCA has been set as much as give a fillip to commercialisation of diversified aquaculture species reminiscent of sea bass, mud crab, Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT), cobia, pompano and artemia. It focuses on rising India’s marine merchandise export by producing and supplying good high quality seeds, which is a main enter for aquaculture.