Kings Infra harvests record shrimp, applies integrated system to nurseries
A shrimp nursery and seed bank with 100 million seeds per year are nearing completion to support the expected three harvests of shrimp per year.
Kings Infra Venture Ltd, a technology-driven sustainable aquaculture company, has set a world record in the growth of pond-based L. vannamei by harvesting shrimps weighing 80 g (210 mm) in 100-130 days. The record-breaking growth was achieved in normal earthen ponds by applying SISTA360 protocols developed by the R&D team of the Kings Infra.
SISTA360 is an integrated system based on symbiotic technology using principles adopted from Biofloc, Aquamimicry and IMTA methods and adapted to Indian conditions. The achievement gains further significance as the farm used only antibiotic-free feed, probiotics, and natural supplements, said Shaji Baby John, chairman and managing director, Kings Infra. Ingredients such as curd, jaggery, turmeric, moringa leaves, garlic, tamarind and other ingredients were used regularly under this protocol to improve immunity and disease resistance as well as improve growth rates.
The company is adopting SISTA360 protocols in all the ponds under cultivation, starting in January. The idea is to achieve the production of jumbo-sized shrimp consistently. A SISTA360 shrimp nursery and seed bank with 100 million seeds per year are nearing completion close to the project site. The completion of these projects would ensure an uninterrupted supply of juveniles and the company would be in a position to harvest three crops, instead of two current crops.
The company is in the final stage for the rollout of SISTA360 in India. “Initially, we plan to extend the technology in coastal Tamil Nadu, to be followed by other regions in the country,” Shaji Baby John said. The plan is to bring 10,000 aqua entrepreneurs under SISTA360 over the next five years. A new SPV Kings SISTA360 Private Ltd. has been formed as a subsidiary of Kings Infra Ventures Ltd.
Kings Infra is also testing a proof of concept for indoor precision aquaculture utilizing AI and IoT, together with NEC Corporation Japan and developing an open pond-based RAS system.