Vanami Shrimpapp is developed by a team of scientists at the ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai which is one of the eight national fisheries research institutes under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Govt. of India. ICAR-CIBA, established on 1st April 1987, serves as the nodal agency for providing technology support for the sustainable development of brackishwater aquaculture in India. The institute is given a mandate to conduct basic and strategic research for sustainable brackishwater culture systems, species and systems diversification in brackishwater aquaculture, act as repository of information on brackishwater fishery resources with a systematic database and human resource development, capacity building and skill development through training, education and extension with a vision of establishing environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially acceptable brackishwater aquaculture in the country.
Vanami Shrimpapp is an innovative communication channel which provides technical support to the shrimp farmers, entrepreneurs and extension personnel and connects them with the scientific community. Vanami Shrimpapp works offline. The app has been updated with several modules as listed below.
Better Management Practices (BMPs) of shrimp farming which includes site selection, pond design, pond preparation, seed selection and stocking, feeding and feed management, soil and water quality management, health management, farming regulations, food safety and record keeping which are briefly explained with illustrations.
Vanami Shrimpapp contains various calculators pertaining to shrimp farming to estimate: the pond area and volume, total biomass in the pond, disinfection requirements, feed rationing, feed management, mineral requirement, soil pH adjustment and aeration requirement.
➢Disease Diagnosis (Probabilistic):
Vanami Shrimpapp has a shrimp disease diagnosis module through which the user can diagnose the shrimp health and identify a probable disease by comparing the farm shrimp condition with list of images showing various primary and secondary symptoms. Upon selecting the relevant images, the module gives substantial information about the disease and enabling farmers to handle the situation wisely.
➢Shrimp farm risk assessment module:
This app has a farm risk assessment module which helps the user to evaluate the production risk status of his farm by answering a sequence of multiple choice questions. At the end of the module this tool will assess the potential risk level and recommend suitable management measures to manage those risk factors.
➢Update and advisories:
This app is supported with a dynamic module on advisories which enables the user to receive real time advisories, updates and market information.
The Government regulations and guidelines for shrimp farming are summarized in this module along with downloadable forms for registering farms with the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA) and list of approved broodstock suppliers, hatcheries (seed sources), farms and laboratories (diagnostic labs).
Under the FAQ module one can find all possible queries along with explanations related to Penaeus vannamei shrimp farming. About 115 questions almost covering the total package of practices of shrimp farming were organized in to six major topics. User can change the language (vernacular) and font size to make it easier to read and understand. Keyword based search option is also available to list the queries on a particular topic.
➢Post a query:
This is the important feature of app through this the user can send his query and/or images of shrimp or pond and get an expert advice within two working days.