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ICAR-CIBA signed MoU with Ms.Novozymes South Asia Pvt. Ltd. Karnataka for the contract research for the evaluation of Novozymes BIORAS consortium product during nursery and grow-out farming technology in Penaeid shrimps in the presence of                    Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi in the side-lines of ICAR Regional Committee Meeting on 16.02.2024 at Chennai. During the occasion, Dr. Kuldeep K Lal, Director, ICAR-CIBA outlined the genesis of this collaborative R&D programme. Shri B. Mallick who signed the MoU on behalf of the company narrated that they are specialized in finding enzymes and microbial solutions for aquaculture and has probiotic feed solutions, biodiesel, biogas, bio-augmentation, sludge treatment and advanced protein solutions, carbon capture with biological enzymes etc. The DG in his remarks appreciated the research activities of CIBA and insisted to aim towards enhancing the productivity of aquaculture and its inputs for sustainability in fisheries. Dr. Akshaya Panigrahi, Principal Scientist and team leader for this research briefed the significance of this MoU and outlined the origin of this initiative. He stressed that these types of services would benefit the aquaculture sector for its sustainability. The scientists, staff and students of CIBA were present on the occasion. Dr P.K. Patil, Principal Scientist & Officer in-Charge, ITMU briefed the framework of the approach of this program and proposed vote of thanks.