West Coast partners AKVA
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AKVA and West Coast groups have partnered to support solutions for aquaculture in India (Photo: AKVA)INDIAWednesda

 
AKVA and West Coast groups have partnered to support solutions for aquaculture in India. (Photo: AKVA)

 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 01:30 (GMT + 9)

 

Aquaculture company West Coast Group, located in Mumbai, has signed partnered with AKVA group to mechanize and improve farm facilities across the developing nations.

The two companies made the announcement that they have signed an exclusive distributorship and partnering agreement to join forces in developing this market for modern aquaculture technology.

“After two decades of helping the shrimp farmers, we are are now adding new-age solutions in our offerings through our AquaMart business unit, for both the sectors - fish and shrimp,” pointed out Rahul Kulkarni, Board Director of West Coast and CEO of AquaMart.

Kulkarni expressed his hope that India will develop its offshore marine farming, using the Norwegian model with large scale cages and feed barges.

For his part Senior Vice President – Technology and Development at AKVA group Trond Severinsen stressed that their technology has been exported to more than 65 countries and for a wide variety of species for many decades, adding that they are adapting existing products and inventing brand new ones, such as the new MC-250 Modular Cage concept that is tailor made for tilapia farming in lakes, rivers and sheltered marine sites. 

Severinsen is convinced that to succeed in India, they also need to offer the right quality at the right price and that in order to do this, they committed to manufacture and supply certain components both from Norway and India, including highly efficient robot-manufactured cage brackets. 

“We also see there is a good potential to mechanize the feeding processes in India’s shrimp farming sector, using our well known Akvasmart Central Feed Systems. Such innovation will help reduce production costs and improve growth and farming performance for farmers in India, as it has for salmon and finfish in other markets,” the Norwegian executive highlighted.

WestCoast has put up 250 cages at Varasgaon and Panshet reservoirs near Pune for rearing tilapia fish and plans to produce 10,000 tonnes of the species from these two reservoirs in the next 12-18 months.

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