India’s first Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP) – a swanky facility for ornamental fish, equipped with multi-species hatchery and live feed culture units – will become operational in the next three months in Chennai, fulfilling a major requirement of the industry for mass production of high-value aquarium fish.
The facility is being developed by Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Ponneri in Tamil Nadu, the second-largest exporter of ornamental fish after West Bengal.
After the completion, it will be handed over to ornamental fish breeders and farmers on lease for three years.
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), a nodal agency of the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry, has been a part of the steering committee for the project.
The Rs 10-crore facility, being funded by the Tamil Nadu Innovation Initiatives of the state government, will be equipped with advanced infrastructure and technical expertise for boosting production of high-value ornamental fish species, both indigenous and exotic, said MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak, during the three-day Aqua Aquaria India (AAI) 2017, which concluded on Tuesday.