An Harvest & On-Farm Demonstration of AMF (biofloc) driven Raceways based Nursery Technology for L.vannamei was conducted at the Advanced Research Farm Facility (ARFF), Madhavaram of Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri on 4th November 2015. The event had a total of 39 participants. The inaugural function started with welcome address by Dr. S. Felix, Dean i/c, FC&RI, Ponneri. Dr. Basakaran Manimaran, Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University released the pamphlet on “Aerobic Microbial floc driven Nursery raceway Technology for Litopenaeus vannamei”, a book titled “Vannamei Shrimp Farming: advanced Systems and Standard Management Practices (SMPs)” authored by Dr. S. Felix, Dr. Tzachi Samocha (USA) and Dr. Baskaran Manimaran. The Vice Chancellor handed over the MoU agreement signed between FC&RI, Ponneri and Mr. Sivagnanam, progressive shrimp farmer in low saline water. The Vice Chancellor also handed over bags of vannamei seeds reared in Raceway Systems to shrimp farmers. The Vice Chancellor during his presidential address emphasized on the Good Management Practices in Shrimp culture and how the water resources can be better utilized by the Biofloc technology. The inaugural event came to an end with the Vote of Thanks by Dr. A. Gopalakannan, Asst. Professor (Sr.)
The Lecture session that followed had five topics Dr. Akshaya Panigrahi presented on “BIOFLOC TECHNOLOGY –PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS”, Mr. Anil Ghanekar described “ZERO WATER EXCHANGE TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS”, Dr. S. Felix gave a lecture on “CONFIGURATION OF AMF DRIVEN NURSERY RACEWAYS”, Dr. A. Gopalakannan talked about “HETEROTROPHIC MICROBIAL SYSTEM IN BIOFLOC MANAGEMENT” and Ms. Menaga presented on “PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF AEROBIC MICROBIAL FLOC IN SUPER INTENSIVE NURSERY RACEWAYS”
In the afternoon session, the On-farm Demonstration of the AMF Biofloc technology was conducted by Dr. S. Felix, the Dean i/c, FC&RI, Ponneri. He was assisted by Ms. Menaga, PG Scholar in the On-farm Demonstration. Finally, the raceway reared seeds were harvested and sold.