"Harnessing the Science of Fisheries for Food, Nutrition and Livelihood"

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA)

The Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT) was started during the year 2008 entering MoU with TATA group for a period of five years (2008-2013) with a view to provide technical assistance and training to fisherfolk for taking up marine cage culture, crab culture and seaweed culture and adopt modern fishing practices and fish processing. To establish FITT 1.16 ha land (RS No.97/3) in Muttukadu village was allotted with an initial assistance of rupees 1crore from Tamil Nadu Government and also funds from TATA. The FITT was operated by State Fisheries Department and through the TNFU Act 2012, the FITT has been transferred to the University on 11.07.2015. As per the TNFU statutes, the FITT shall function as a constituent unit of the University with mandates prescribed by the Board.

Therefore to bring the FITT under TNJFU, the FITT has been formed as Directorate and named as Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA) from April 2018 with the following objectives.

Objectives:

  • To utilize the infrastructure facilities for the upgradation of technology with innovative interventions by the host institute.
  • To collaborate with fisheries industries for conducting problem solving research for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs and students.
  • To provide business incubation services by sharing the facilities for the growth of farmers, start ups and other stakeholders with lower lease rates and technical support.
  • Production of “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals required for aquaculture and fisheries sector.
Master Plan of Muttukadu Centre

Units Functioning under this Directorate:

  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture, Muttukadu, Chennai.
  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram District.
  • Centre for Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture, Poondi, Tiruvallur District.

Institute of Paraprofessional Aquaculture Technology

The Institute of Paraprofessional Aquaculture Technology, is being established under the university with the funding of National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD). This institute offers an one year course of Diploma in Industrial Aquaculture Technology from 2018, and it is planned to start a 3 year B.Voc in Industrial Aquaculture and 1 year Post-Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture from 2019 onwards. This institute have been established with the aim to produce “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals required for aquaculture and fisheries sector.

Job Opportunities for Paraprofessionals

  • Supervisor/ Technician in Fish/ Shrimp farms.
  • Technician in ornamental fish culture and breeding unit and shrimp seed production unit (Hatchery).
  • Lab Technician in water quality, disease diagnostic and feed quality testing laboratory.
  • Marketing sales representatives for Feed, additives, medicines and other inputs.
  • To become an entrepreneur.

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA) signed MoU between various Private Fish and Shrimp Farms and Additives Company for the benefit of Diploma and B.Voc. students internship program

Sl. No. Name of the Farm Date
1 M/s. Shibin Nutraceuticals Pvt. Ltd., Saligramam, Chennai- 600 093 28.12.2018
2 M/s. Aquatic Remedies, Kolathur, Chennai – 600 099 29.12.2018
3 M/s. King Aquatic, Gummidipoondi, Thiruvallur Dt. – 601 201 29.12.2018
4 M/s. Periyar Integrated Fish Farm, Vandalur, Chennai -600 048. 30.12.2018
5 M/s. Monish Aquatics Pvt. Ltd. Palur, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram Dt. 30.12.2018
6 M/s. Sun Marine Hatchery, Ramnagar south, Chennai – 600 091 (Chennai region) 02.01.2019
7 M/s. Sun Marine Hatchery, Ramnagar south, Chennai – 600 091 (Nellore region) 02.01.2019

Paraprofessional

The aqua feed extrusion mill has been established under the project on “Development of cost efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production” funded by National Agricultural Development Agency (NADP), for a period of two years from 2017 to 2018 and implemented in Directorate of Incubation and Vocational training in Aquaculture (DIVA), ECR, Muttukadu of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University. The main objectives for the establishment of this aqua feed extrusion mill are

  • To develop cost efficient feeds for Tilapia and Pangasius.
  • To produce species specific and combo feeds for certain freshwater ornamental fishes.
  • To develop special brood stock feeds for carps to enhance their fecundity and seed production.

The newly established aqua feed extrusion mill has all equipment to produce both floating and sinking feeds. The floating feed production line includes hammer mill, pulveriser, mixer, pre-conditioner with extruder, dryer, shifter, oil coater and other accessories. The sinking feed production line includes pelletizer, post conditioner, dryer, cooler, siever, crumbler and accessories like conveyors and elevators. The three machineries hammer mill, pulveriser and mixer are common for both production lines. Floating feed production capacity of this feed mill is 100-150 kg per hour and sinking feed production capacity is 400-500 kg per hour. The cost of new aqua feed extrusion mill building is Rs.50.00 lakh and feed mill machineries cost Rs.145.00 lakh. This aqua feed extrusion mill has been established to develop new cost efficient feed technologies and formulations which will be disseminated to fish famers for preparing their own on-farm feed with less cost compared to commercial feeds available in the market. MoUs will be signed with fisherfolk, farmers and new feed mill companies to transfer the technologies. The benefit of production of cost efficient feeds is to minimize the feed cost in fish farming and enhance the profitability. As the reduction of cost of fish feed and more profitability is ensure, farmers and fisherfolks will come forward to take up the fish culture and considerably the fish production could be enhanced.

Aquafeed Extrusion Mill

Fish Feeds Available for Sale

The indoor aquaculture complex has been established with a total of 8 tanks of 6m X 4m X 1.5m and 5 ornamental fish FRP tanks for conducting post graduate students’ research works and also for conducting practical for the paraprofessionals.

Ongoing Post Graduate Research

  • Effects of dietary supplementation of amino acids on the growth performances, muscle-growth-related gene expression and haematological responses of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus.
  • Evaluation of dietary supplementation of amino acids and phytase in plant based diets for Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei.
indoor

The outdoor unit consists of lined pond with a size of 15m X 10m and GI cages of 6 X 4m size for post graduate research.

out-door
out-door

Recently, Cage culture is receiving more attention by commercial fish producers as they offer the farmers a chance to utilize existing water resources in which most cases have only limited use for other purposes. A total of 24 cages were installed at Poondi reservoir with size of 4m X 4m X 2.5m each for the culture of Tilapia, Pangasius and Roopchand (Pacu).

The optimum stocking density for cage culture of GIFT Tilapia was found to be 200 nos and 50 nos per cubic meter for nursery and grow out cages respectively.

Poondi

This Directorate is being involved in culture practices with Tilapia and Carps in HDPE floating cages in Kolavai lake. A total of 32 cages were installed (size 4m X 4m X 2.5m each) for the culture of fishes with Growpia feed.

The optimum stocking density for cage culture of GIFT Tilapia was found to be 80 and 20 per cubic meter in nursery and grow out cages respectively.

Kolavai Lake

External Funded Scheme

  • NABARD-Institute of paraprofessional aquaculture technology at Muttukadu, Chennai- Rs.880 lakh.
  • NADP- Development of cost efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production- Rs.398 lakh.
  • IAMWARM- Formulation of species specific fish feed using locally available low cost ingredients – 34.80 lakh(Part of the main project).

Schemes Operated under DIVA

  • Directorate of Aquaculture Technology and Training.
  • Creation of ornamental fish research cum demonstration facility and its Management.
  • Liaising work at secretariat.
  • Revolving fund.

Upcoming Facilities at Muttukadu

  • Fish Feed Analysis Lab.
  • Water Quality Analysis Lab
  • Research Farm Facility
  • Water Recirculatory System

Expected Outcome

  • The aquaculture facilities like shrimp farm, ornamental fish culture units, multispecies hatchery and feed mill will serve as incubation units which can be shared for the growth of farmers, start ups and other stakeholders with lower lease rates and technical support.
  • The Aquaculture quality testing laboratory will provide service to the fish and shrimp farmers for assessing the suitability of the water and soil for aquaculture.
  • The aquaculture research farm facilities, wet lab, aquaculture quality testing laboratory, feed mill etc., will serve as research hub for post graduate and doctorate students.
  • The above facilities will be utilized for the upgradation of technology with innovative interventions by the host institute and the same will be transferred to stakeholders.
  • The created facilities will be utilized for conducting problem solving research collaborating with fisheries industries for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs and students.
  • With the facilities available, “second level” technical / skilled para-professionals will be produced to meet out the requirements of aquaculture and fisheries sector.

Faculty

Sl.no Post Name
1 Director Dr. N.Felix
DIVA
1 Teaching Assistant Mr. M. Balaganesan
2 Farm Technician Mr. C. Manavalan
NADP Feed Scheme
1 Assistant Project Manager Mr. A.S. Rajmohan
2 SRF Ph.D. Mr. E. Prabu
NABARD Scheme
1 SRF Ph.D. Mr. B. Kannan
IAMWARM Scheme
1 Project Assistant Mr. K. Manikandan
director

Contact Details:

Dr. N.Felix
Director

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture (DIVA),
ECR Muttukadu, Chennai - 603 112.

Phone:

044 - 2747 2118

Email:

dfttica@tnfu.ac.in

The following are the centres of DIVF

  • CIVA - Muttukadu (HQ)
  • CIVF - Kulavai
  • CIVF - Poondi

Contact Us

Directorate of Incubation and Vocational Training in Aquaculture
ECR - Muttukadu,
Kancheepuram - 603 112

044 - 2747 2118


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