National Agricultural Higher Education Project

"Development of Energy Efficient and Environment Protective Aquaculture Technologies for Degraded Soils"

India has 6.74 million ha of salt-affected soils, with almost 40% lying in states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan, which have become less productive or increasingly unfit for farming. Thus, new technologies for alternative land use have become crucial. Identifying aquaculture as one of the viable options, ICAR-CIFE has successfully developed and demonstrated culture of Penaeus monodon and Litopenaeus vannamei in inland saline areas. Adoption of shrimp farming in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi has already begun to transform farmers' lives with doubling of area and production during 2017. The significant contribution of the institute in this area has also been recognised by various state governments. In order to further strengthen the flagship program on inland saline aquaculture from a long term sustainability perspective, ICAR-CIFE has initiated a mega project. The project is funded by World Bank and Govt. of India under the ambit of National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)-Centres for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST).

Our Goals

  • To generate professionally competent human resources in specialised areas of aquaculture and fisheries
  • To establish a Centre of Excellence in Inland Saline Aquaculture through cutting edge research with an objective to ‘create wealth from waste’
  • To become a Global Knowledge Centre in sustainable aquaculture with special focus on inland saline areas/degraded soils
  • Objectives & Key activities

    • GIS mapping of inland saline soil and water areas
    • Biochar technology for carbon storage and productivity enhancement
    • Biofloc technology for sustainable effluent management
    • Nutraceuticals for stress mitigation and growth enhancement
    • Package of practices for sustainable ISA
    • Microbial composition of ISW
    • Genetic evaluation of common carp in ISW
    • Value-added fish product development
    • Updating curriculum & developing learning aids
    • Capacity building programmes for students, faculty, farmers and entrepreneurs
    • Collaboration with global centres of excellence
    • Visiting professors, mentorships and internships
    • Conferences, students' convention, alumni meet, branding
    • Effective linkages among academia, industry, development and financial institutions
    • Industry internships, consultancies and co-development of technologies
    • Mentoring and hand holding of student start-ups to promote entrepreneurship
    • Farmer friendly, know-how and do-how content on GAP/BMPs
    • Web portal, mobile app, internet radio, online courses and decision support tool
    • Social, economic and ecological costs and benefits analysis

    Expected Outcome

    Services Technologies Experties/Resources

    Center of Excellence in Inland Saline Acqacluture
    • GIS-based thematic resource maps integrated with farmer's knowledge
    • Consultancy services for farmers and industries
    • Policy advocacy and guidelines for ISA
    • Online courses and Decision Support System
    • Energy efficient and ecofriendly biochar, biofloc and bioremediation technologies
    • Anti-stress formulation and eco-friendly feed
    • Post-harvest technologies for reducing waste and value-added fish products
    • Culture technologies for alternate species in ISA
    • Knowledge portal, Internet radio and mobile app for ISA
    • BMPs, bio-indicators for diseases and biosecurity measures for sustainable ISA
    • Professionally competent students and faculties
    • Skilled farmers, staff and entrepreneurs through gendered and equitable programs

    Centre of Excellence in ISA

    Major activities of NAHEP will be carried out at CIFE-Rohtak Centre with the aim of developing into a Centre of Excellence in ISA. The Rohtak Centre, located in Lahli-Baniyani villages, has a fabled history and a unique distinction of being the central research facility in India dedicated to inland saline aquaculture. Though, Haryana was traditionally a non-fish growing state, CIFE pioneered scientific fish farming in Haryana as early as 1980s and since then ICAR-CIFE Rohtak Centre continues the legacy and illustrious journey making an indelible mark in basic and applied research in the world of inland saline aquaculture.

    For futher information please contact
    Dr. Gopal Krishna
    Program leader & Director, ICAR-CIFE

    GRM ( Grievance Redressal Mechanism)

    Nodal Officer - NAHEP Grievance Redressal Mechanism
    Name : Dr. Vidya Shree Bharti
    Phone: +91 7666143790

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