To review the progress of Shrimp Farming demonstration units and conduct an on-farm interactive meet with the farmers/youth of the region, University team lead by Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana visited village Shajrana and village Gaddan Dob in Fazilka. Dr. Singh interacted with the farmers and encouraged them to adopt scientific shrimp farming practices, which can help them to convert their zero earning waste lands into a remunerative resource. He also apprised the gathering of various utility services of the university for capacity building and technical support.
Vet Varsity played an instrumental role in developing shrimp farming in salt affected water logged areas of south west Punjab. After an untiring journey of 8 years (2008 to 2016), shrimp farming developed swiftly in the last 5-6 years, owing to consistent technical hand holding of farmers by the university and promotional schemes implemented by Department of Fisheries Punjab, informed Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Dean of College of Fisheries, GADVASU. Since the first successful 1-acre shrimp farming trial was conducted by the university in Fazilka (2014), there was no looking back and area under shrimp farming in Punjab increased to over 800 acres in 2021; which is now expected to cross 1500-acre mark in 2022, she added.
Dr. J. P.S. Gill, Director Research, GADVASU informed that university developed three shrimp farming units under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna project to demonstrate best management practices, in special reference to biosecurity arrangements, to produce export quality shrimp for optimized economic sustainability. The said units have been developed under the supervision of expert scientist Dr. Prabjeet Singh (Project In-charge).