RGCA_Establishment of a Satellite Nucleus of the GIFT Strain at Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture (RGCA), India Phase II_ Annual Report April 2019 - March 2020
Phase II of the collaboration (2019-2023) is to continue to improve the genetic performance of the GIFT strain in India, and aims to further develop viable dissemination models that can facilitate the long term delivery of high-quality tilapia seeds to the Indian aquaculture sector. The project will also explore the development of viable economic models that will allow the breeding program to continue beyond the duration of the project, design and implement a data collection and recording platform to allow monitoring of GIFT dissemination, and understand how variations in on-farm performance of GIFT in different farming climates or systems will impact the variability of farmer production, allowing better extension advice and recommendations to be shared with producers. GIFT germ plasm was supplied to RGCA in 2011, 2014 and 2016. Considering 2011 as G0, RGCA now has 109 families of G7 in 2019.