2nd Annual Progress and Planning Meeting: Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
The 2nd IMAQulate annual progress and planning meeting was held in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India, from the 9th-15th January 2018. Partners from the UK, India, Bangladesh and Kenya met to discuss the progress made in situation analyses of PHP use on farms, hatcheries and nurseries, as well as microbiological analyses of PHP products and extraction and isolation of saponins from a variety of natural sources to test potential beneficial effects on fish immunity.
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Plans were discussed for upcoming trials of PHP products in India, Bangladesh and Kenya. These trials will assess the efficacy of PHP products in hatcheries and nurseries, and the continuing effects that these have as the stock progress to on-farm grow out ponds. Further microbiological analysis of PHP products will be carried out in order to determine the content of such products and whether or not this is consistent with the manufacturer claims.
The IMAQulate team are grateful for the hospitality and support of Ananda Group throughout the meeting. We are looking forward to collaborating with Ananda during the upcoming PHP trials in Andhra Pradesh.
The IMAQulate team were given a guided tour of Ananda's shrimp farm, hatchery and laboratory near Bhimavaram. This gave the team a good understanding of the shrimp farming process and the effort that is given to health management throughout the lifecycle of shrimp.
The team were grateful for the input throughout the meeting of Dr Gopal, whose research is conducted through the Ananda Raju Foundation.
Partner and associate presentations:
- Hazrat Ali (WorldFish Bangladesh): Shrimp Health Management in Bangladesh
- Umi Salmah (University of Stirling/SALCRA Malaysia): AHPND Challenge Tests on L. vannamei in Biofloc System
- Dr Gopal (Ananda Foundation): Experiments on Biofloc Technology
- Koushik Roy: Inventory Mapping and Value Chain Analysis of Aquaculture PHPs in West Bengal
- Dr Muhammad Meezanur Rahman (WorldFish Bangladesh) Tilapia Health Management in Bangladesh
- Neelima Nair (Royal Veterinary College): Quantitative and Qualitative Microbiological Analysis
- Dr Patricia Muendo (Machakos University) and Dr Odede Rezin (Sidai) Health Management Survey and Value Chain Analysis in Kenya
- Dr Toms Joseph (Central Institute of Fisheries Technology): Microbial and Chemical Analysis of PHPs
- Dr Mahmoud El Tholth (University of Stirling): Shrimp Farm Health Survey, Andhra Pradesh, India
- Dr. M. Mahafujul Haque (Bangladesh Agricultural University): Status of Drugs and Chemicals Use at Pangasius and other Fish Hatcheries
- Dr Belal Hossain (Bangladesh Agricultural University): Health Management Practices and PHP Usage: Pangasius farmers in Bangladesh
- Dr Rachel Lawrence (Royal Veterinary College): Assessing efficacy of PHP on immune functionality and gut integrity in model fish