Fishery is a major source of food and nutrition. As far as the Indian economy is concerned, it is a sunrise sector that has tremendous scope for enhancing nutritional standards. Vaidika Fisheries stepped in and began working on the Government’s diktat to bestow upon this sector the growth it deserves.
Vaidika Fisheries has committed itself to research and development in freshwater fish farming and prawn cultivation which is being practised in captive reservoirs using bare dams and cage culture. Adopting such techniques in fish farming, the company has become one of the biggest fishing companies with 4000 acres of area in its command. Specialising in cage farming the company has 350 cages in operation which are to rise up to 1000 by 2019.
Alongside, this venture has affected sustainable development to local communities and maintains the delicate balance of the aquatic ecosystem.
Our reservoirs with an area of more than 3,000 acres of fresh water are situated in the Pune region and are well fed by a natural catchment areas supported by the hill topography of the Western Ghats. Fresh water fish farming has been initiated on a large scale, including prawn cultivation. Our integrated approach will contribute to the sustainable development of the local communities and help the environment by maintaining the delicate balance of the ecosystem.
Bare Dam Operations
The integrated bare dam operations include Prawns (or Shrimp) on the lake bed while there are bottom feeders (Rohu or Rui) and column feeders like the Mrigal varieties with the surface feeders at the top of the water body. These are all natural feeders and therefore are important to keep the eco-systems in a natural balance.
Cultivated Species :
Reservoirs form the largest inland fishery resource in India with substantial areas added year after year due to construction of new impoundments created through erection of dams over rivers and streams. The time has arrived to utilize these under exploited water resources using unconventional aquaculture techniques like Cage culture. At Vaidika we have extensive cage farming in all our reservoirs with an assorted variety of fish.
A Fish is native to Africa & is a large genus in the cichlid family (Cichlidae).Tilapia is a popular food fish and many species of this family can easily be cultivated in ponds. It has been an important source of protein in Africa for thousands of years The Ancient Egyptians cultivated Tilapia in ponds along the Nile. Today, Tilapia is a popular food fish all over the world and it is also kept in aquariums. When it comes to Tilapia farming, species such as Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis Niloticus) and Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis Mossambicus) are appreciated since they grow fast and are easy to breed.
The Basa Fish (Pangasius bocourti) is a species of catfish in the family Pangasiidae. Basa are native to the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins in Indochina. These fish are important food fish with an international market. They are often labelled in North America and Australia as "basa fish”.
Skill Development :
We believe in contributing to the transformation of the skill landscape through practical application based training. Our Training Node at Hadshi Reservoir is designed to impart training to marginal farmers and fisher-folk through a twin pronged approach of Traditional Application of Best Practices. This philosophy will help spread the value addition to the local eco-system by having a cascading multiplier effect. This win-win approach would build long term relationships cutting across generations which will help recirculate through enabling support services.
At the Vaidika Group we believe in value addition to the techno-commercial process through research. We have a fledgling research station at Hadshi which will grow in leaps and bounds in the near future. We have a technical collaboration with the Ratnagiri College of Fisheries and presently host interns from the Diploma College of Fisheries Engineering, Ratnagiri as well as the MFSc programme under the aegis of Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli. We have plans to have a working relationship with the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai.
Research is a long term endeavour and we shall be investing in focused research which will contribute to the eco-system as well as the rural population while concentrating on techno-commercial efficiencies. The focus will be in fisheries research, documentation of traditional knowledge, developing livelihood programs for marginal farmers and fisherman and promoting the same in rural agricultural areas. This will include protection of the ecology system with the help of technical support to recognize the significance and responsibility of work towards developing and implementing collaborative programs with appropriate plans for conservation of natural resources for sustainable use through our Technology Advisory Board.
Future Vision :
The Vaidika Fisheries Division is growing exponentially and our vision is to be the largest player in the field by 2020. This needs a calibrated techno-commercial approach which will basically be market driven both at the domestic and international levels. Our infrastructure is envisioned to grow to include a Cold Chain matrix with integral refrigerated reefer vans to support our fish processing plants.
"At the Vaidika Group we believe that we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors; but borrowed it from our children!"