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Indian aquaculture firm teams with Akva to boost inland fish farming

Mumbai-based firm already installed several hundred cages for tilapia farming.

Anticipating more governments to lease bodies of water for aquaculture, Mumbai-based aquaculture firm WestCoast Group partnered with Norway's Akva Group to improve fish and shrimp farms, reports Hindu Business Line.

The companies plan to mechanize the farms by introducing Akva's MC-250 modular cage to inland water bodies such as reservoirs, rivers and lakes, according to the news site. The cages target tilapia farming.

Local assembly cuts costs by more than 50 percent, making it affordable to farmers, and the modular cages can be set up or taken down in a few hours.

In India, there are 4.5 million hectares of possible fresh water bodies for fish production, according to the news site.

WestCoast installed 250 cages in the Varasgaon and Panshet reservoirs, from which the company plans to produce 10,000 metric tons of tilapia in the next 12-18 months.

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