June 17, 2024


Imagination at work

Mpeda’s mud crab hatchery technology gets patent right till 2030

Mpeda-RGCA’s mud crab hatchery technological know-how, the only a person of its kind in the country, has been granted patent by the Controller Basic of Patent, Structure and Logos. The patent, an extraordinary milestone in India’s aquaculture sector, has been granted from 2011 and will be valid till 2030.

The hatchery technological know-how for mud crab (scientific name – Scylla serrata) that is in superior demand from customers in South-East Asian nations around the world, the place stay crabs are highly chosen as a delicacy, has been designed by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture, the analysis and growth arm of the Marine Products Export Growth Authority.

Historical past of aquaculture

Mpeda (Marine Products’ Export Growth Authority) Chairman KS Srinivas reported the achievement is outstanding in the background of Indian aquaculture as for the 1st time the Central Government has granted a patent for this technological know-how in the country. “It will go a very long way in meeting the seed requirement of farmers who intend to undertake diversified species for aquaculture as an alternative of concentrating on shrimp farming alone,” he reported. Having into account that there is no other hatchery for mud crab in India, RGCA experienced used for patent rights for the mud crab hatchery technological know-how in 2011 with the Controller Basic of Patent, Structure and Logos. But it was granted just after a very long and ardous approach. This was considering the fact that a variety of global analysis establishments talked over the situation with authorities.

Increasing demand from customers

Preserving in view the large demand from customers of mud crab, especially in South-East Asian nations around the world, Mpeda experienced initiated a pilot project for mud crab seed (regarded as crab-instar) generation through 2004 and subsequently produced the commercial hatchery for the 1st time in India through 2013 with the capacity of a person million per annum. Because of to its expanding demand from customers, the seed generation capacity of RGCA’s mud crab hatchery has been greater to 1.four million per annum.

Srinivas reported the significant achievement lies in escalating the survival price of crab instar from three per cent globe history to seven pe cent. Additional, the hatchery unit is created in these kinds of a way that all sections are under a person roof with complete bio-security actions. So significantly, seven.28 million seeds have been produced and provided to 659 farmers throughout the country.

RGCA has been set up to give a fillip to commercialisation of diversified aquaculture species these kinds of as sea bass, mud crab, Genetically Enhanced Farmed Tilapia (Present), cobia, pompano and artemia. It focuses on escalating India’s marine merchandise export by developing and giving superior good quality seeds, which is a primary enter for aquaculture.