Shrimp affected by the white spot virus. (Photo: A. Gopalakrishnan)
Diseases threaten aquaculture production in Kerala
Friday, October 28, 2016, 03:20 (GMT + 9)
Aquaculture production in the state of Kerala have been threatened by recurring epizootics and the emergence of new aquatic animal diseases.
This was pointed out by K V Lalitha, principal scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) while delivering a talk at the three-day training programme on disease diagnostics and disease management in aquaculture held at ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology in Kochi, The New Indian Express reported.
At the workshop, the scientist stressed that the global losses to white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), the causative agent of white spot disease in shrimp and other crustaceans, alone would come around USD 8-15 billion.
The training programme included other topics such as diseases of finfish, mollusks, ornamental fish, disease diagnostic techniques in aquaculture, water management, pond preparation and pond environment, methods of sample collection, preservation and transportation for disease diagnosis, biosecurity in aquaculture and key inputs in aquaculture; seed, feed, chemicals and drugs.
For his part, Dr. Ravishankar C.N, Director, ICAR-CIFT, who was present at the workeshop, welcomed the effort of the project team for arranging the most pertinent training program.
In his address, he pointed out that the prevalent aquatic animal diseases result in serious socio-economic instability and environmental hazard as well as threats to food security thus jeopardizing the livelihood status of vulnerable fisher folks of the society, hence aquatic animal health needs to be secured for efficient aquaculture production.