Funding is sought for a study tour to India followed by a workshop to understand the technology needs of the Indian shrimp producers related to harvesting and transportation of live shrimp from the farm to the processing plants. India is one of the major producers of shrimp with annual production of 500.000 tonnes in 2015. Vannamei (or white shrimp) is the main species that is farmed in India in marine waters. Shrimp producers in India have expressed interest in technologies for gentle harvesting and live transportation of shrimp to maintain their quality as most of these are for the export market to Europe. Currently, farmed shrimp in India are harvested manually and transported dead in tubs with ice. The industry is interested in implementing energy-efficient technologies for live transportation under refrigerated conditions in order to maintain the quality of shrimp. This is a highly relevant area of collaboration for Norwegian research and industry partners to develop solutions for the Indian market as well as other South-Asian countries with active aquaculture sectors.
The findings from this trip will be used to develop joint proposals towards RCN's INDNOR call as well as towards relevant funding programmes of the EU with active industry participation.