Farmers’ Interaction Meeting at Mungamuru, Nellore Dt., AP

Following the first meeting held on 23.09.2016, the second meeting was held on 19.12.2016 at Jadagogula near Mungamuru village, Nellore Dt with help of the local Coordinator, Dr.P.Haribabu, the College of Fishery Science.

Twenty shrimp farmers selected for the project studies attended the meeting. The Indian investigator, Dr.A.S.Sahul Hameed and the UK investigators, Dr.Chris Hauton and Prof Kenton Morgan were present in the meeting to interact with the farmers. In the meeting, Dr.P.Haribabu introduced the project investigators to the farmers, highlighted the project objectives and benefits of the project to the farmers, and also acted as an interpreter between the farmers and investigators. Dr.Chris highlighted the importance of the project and services to be provided to the farmers during the project period.

Dr.A.S.Sahul Hameed explained the activities of the project and the purpose of selecting Mungamuru village for this project. He requested all the farmers to cooperate for the smooth running and success of the project for the benefit shrimp culture industry. He explained about the services to be provided to the farmers like seed screening, sampling, water testing, regular monitoring of shrimp and reporting the results. Prof. Kenton Morgon interacted directly with farmers to know about their farming activities and frequency of WSSV outbreak in their ponds. He has also given suggestions for the successful running of the farm.

After the meeting, the Indian and UK investigators along with Dr.Haribabu visited some farms selected for project studies and interacted with the respective shrimp farmers to know about their farming activities and then explained to them about sampling.



Visit to the UK of research colleagues from the CIBA and CAHC, India

Drs Vijayan (Director-CIBA), Shekhar (CIBA) and Sahul Hameed (CAHC) visited the University of St Andrews from 7th-12th November to discuss project logistics and experimentation. The meeting was hosted by Dr Smith (University of St Andrews) and was joined by Drs Hauton (Southampton), Dickey, Van West and Trusch (Aberdeen), and Sowgat (Swansea), and Prof Morgan (Liverpool).

Topics of discussion included:

Task 1 – socioeconomic aspects and assessment of poverty alleviation;

Task 2 – assessments of pond operation/operating conditions/epidemiology;

Task 3 – transcriptome study of WSSV infection



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Visit of Shrimp farmers from Mungamur village, Nellore Dt. to C.Abdul Hakeem College

Shrimp farmers from Jadagogula, Mungamur village of Nellore Dt., AP visited Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory, C.Abdul Hakeem College, Melvisharam, Tamilnadu on 25th October, 2016.

They came to the college at 11 am along with Dr.Haribabu, the Local Coordinator of Indo-UK project. A separate meeting was conducted in the Conference Hall with the shrimp farmers.

Dr.Sahul Hameed welcomed all the shrimp farmers and highlighted the objectives of the Indo UK project and also the services to be provided to the farmers during the project period. He also explained the facilities available in the AAHL and also service rendered to the Tamilnadu shrimp farmers.

The shrimp farmers interacted with experts and clarified their doubts regarding the clinical signs of diseases of shrimp, preserving the samples, and transporting the samples like seed and adult shrimp for diagnostic purpose. The Secretary of the College and the Principal also attended the meeting. The Secretary of the College presented a memento to all the shrimp farmers. After the meeting, farmers visited all the laboratories and saw for themselves the facilities and equipment available.

Indo UK Project Awareness Meeting at Mungamuru, Nellore Dt., AP

A village called Mungamuru (Fig. 1) located in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh (N  14°48.417′ E  080°02.490′) was selected to study the objectives 1 and 2 for shrimp species in the Indo-UK-Bangladesh  project.

Fig. 1 Location of Mungamuru village and shrimp farms to be selected for project studies

A meeting was conducted on 23.09.2016 at Mungamuru with help of Dr.P.Haribabu, Local Coordinator from the College of Fishery Science, Muthukur, Nellore to create an awareness about this project among shrimp farmers.

Forty shrimp farmers from different areas of Mungamuru village attended the meeting. The Indian investigators such as Dr.A.Sahul Hameed, C.Abdul Hakeem College, Dr.M.Shekhar and Dr.Gopikrishna CIBA and the investigator from UK, Dr.Chris Hauton of Southampton University were present at the meeting to highlight the project to the shrimp farmers.

Dr.P.Haribabu introduced the investigators to the farmers and acted as an interpreter between the investigators and farmers. Dr.Chris highlighted the project objectives and work to be carried out in the village during the project period. He also interacted with the farmers and discussed about their farming activities and their previous experience on WSSV outbreak. Dr.Sahul Hameed explained the importance of the project and the purpose of selecting Mungamuru village for project studies. He described the services such as screening of seeds, monitoring of shrimp and water parameters, and other activities to be carried out during the project period for the benefit of the farmers. He requested all the farmers to cooperate by providing the samples regularly for the success of the project and also for their benefit.

Dr.Shekhar and Dr.Gopikrishna highlighted the importance of the project and also explained their work in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. After visiting shrimp farms, the investigators went to the College of Fishery Science and presented their current research work and project work in a meeting arranged with the faculty members and students of the College.




Fish farmer’s meeting in Maharajganj District

UK members of the consortium travelled to Maharajganj District in northern Uttar Pradesh to meet with fish farmers and learn their perspectives of fish farming, of the income derived from farming, and the challenges they face from fish diseases, including EUS.

The team travelled overnight by train from Lucknow City to Maharajganj and stayed in the district for 3 days before returning to Lucknow to compile their findings. Return work is planned when retrospective epidemiological surveys through farmer questionnaires will be carried out and socioeconomic surveys and photo diaries will be conducted.

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First video conference of the project held at 0900 UK (BST), 1330 India, 1400 Bangladesh where the following details were discussed:

1) Introduction, welcome, confirmation of connections

2) Status of Consortium agreement

3) Confirmation of target species:

4) Growing season to target for fish and crustaceans in India and Bangladesh?

What can be done in farms this year?

When do we need to be in India/Bangladesh? Who needs to be in country?

5) Overview of initial tasks – with the aim to establish direct links between work groups to take forward.

Task 1 – farmer surveys in Bangladesh and India;

Task 2 – epidemiology;

Task 3 – transcriptome and environment outcome infections;

6) Face to face meeting of whole network– India – when? VISAs

7) Website