"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 1crore from Tamilnadu 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 TNFU, the FITT has been formed as Directorate and named as Directorate of Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation from April 2017 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:

  • Kancheepuram Muttukadu Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation Centre
  • Kancheepuram Chengalpattu Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation Centre
  • Thiruvallur Poondi Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation Centre

Kancheepuram Muttukadu Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation Centre

Existing Facility Gallery

Floating Fish Feeds Developed

Poultry by product meal(PBM) incorporated
feed for Cage reared GIFT tilapia
Ingredients Percentage of
Inclusion
Fish Meal 20
Soy Bean Meal 9.3
Poultry by-product meal 14.8
Maize Flour 32.82
Wheat Flour 17.20
Palm oil 1.78
Vitamin/mineral mix 1.88
Vitamin - C 0.12
L-Lysine 0.80
DL-Methionine 1.30
Total 100
Rapeseed Meal Based Feed
For Gift Tilapia
Ingredients Percentage of
Inclusion
Fish Meal 23
Rapeseed Meal 31.66
Maize Flour 34.54
Wheat Flour 4.34
Palm oil 3.02
Vitamin/
mineral mix
1.88
Vitamin - C 0.12
L-Lysine 0.35
DL-Methionine 1.09
Total 100
Fish feeds available for sale and
their Price
Feed Protein Size of the
Feed
Price per Kg
(INR)
Carp,Tilapia and
Pangasius feed
22 3 mm & 4mm 27
Carp,Tilapia and
Pangasius feed
30 3 mm & 4mm 35
Ornamental fish
feed
30 2 mm & 3mm 60
Colour enhancing
ornamental fish feed
30 2 mm & 3mm 110

Feed economics

The cost of preparation of 1 kg of fishmeal-based diet was around Rs. 36.84.

Whereas the ingredient cost for preparation of 1-kg poultry byproduct meal-based feed was accounted to be Rs. 28.04.

The feed cost was reduced by 18.78 % (Rs. 8.8/kg) compared to fishmeal-based reference diet.

Feed economics

The cost of preparation of 1 kg of soybean meal-based diet was around Rs. 32.8.

Whereas the ingredient cost for preparation of 1-kg rapeseed meal-based feed was accounted to be Rs. 28.4 .

The feed cost was reduced by 11.45 % (Rs. 4.4/kg) compared to soybean meal - based reference diet.

Ongoing Projects

NADP project on Development of Cost efficient feeds for enhancing freshwater fish production – Rs.398 lakh NABARD project on Institute of Paraprofessional Aquaculture Technology at Muttukadu, Kancheepuram Dt. – Rs.880 lakh

Kancheepuram Chengalpattu ATTIC

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.

Maximum growth was found to be 1.2-1.3 kg in 10 months period.

Thiruvallur Poondi ATTIC

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.

The suitable size for harvesting of GIFT Tilapia considering the local market was between 300 and 400 g.

Expected Outcome

  • he 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.
  • he 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 utilised 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.

Upcoming facilities at Muttukadu

  • Institute of Paraprofessional Aquaculture Technology
  • Fish and shrimp feed mill
  • Fish feed analysis lab
  • Water quality analysis lab
  • Research Farm Facility
  • Water recirculatory system
  • Ornamental fish culture unit

Contact Details:

Director Incharge

Directorate of Aquaculture Technology Training and Incubation,
ECR Muttukadu, Kancheepuram District - 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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