Improving seabass (Lates calcarifer) aquaculture in Sri Lanka through better feed and health management.

Enhancing aquaculture production for food security and rural development through improved feed value chain, production and use.

Tom Shipton was tasked with addressing the technical issues associated with improving farm production efficiencies through the introduction of novel aquafeed manufacturing technologies. This has lead to the adoption and use of high quality, cost-effective and safe feeds utilizing locally available feed ingredients, improvements to the feed supply chain, and the optimization of on-farm feed management practices - these interventions enhanced the economic performance of the farming operations. The provision of high quality feeds that satisfy the nutritional requirements of the culture species and optimize growth are a prerequisite to improving production yields, lowering production costs, improving economic returns, and lowering risk. Poor quality feeds and feed management practices typically manifest as low growth rates, low farm production and poor economic returns. Low revenues result in the farmers’ inability to afford good quality feed inputs, perpetuating the cycle of inefficiency and poor performance. The project was designed to break this cycle of inefficiency. This required a holistic approach that required technical improvements to feed quality and improving manufacturing processes, unlocking the value chain and improving supply chain management, optimizing regulatory and governance structures, and improving feed management on the farms.

Project Leader : Shipton, Dr Tom A. 

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