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Japanese conglomerate, Indian firm partner in shrimp RAS project


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Japanese multinational information technology company NEC Corp., and Indian aquaculture construction firm King Infra Ventures are partnering on a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) project.

The precision aquaculture proof of concept (PoC) joint initiative involves using networking, sensors, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in a RAS infrastructure designed to raise shrimp.

The goal is to employ these technologies to boost farming key performance indicators such as density, survivability and feed conversion ration (FCR), according to a report from the India Infoline News Service.

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The two companies  hope to increase growing densities with more predictability and traceability.

NEC Corp. is a US$28-billion IT and electronic company based in Minato, Tokyo. It is one of the growing number of Japanese companies that are investing in aquaculture.

In 2019, it partnered with a fish farming company to build its own land-based facility, now being constructed in Yamanashi Prefecture, just west of Tokyo. The company plans its first harvest in 2022.

Headquartered in India, King Infra is focused on aquaculture farming, seafood processing, international trade of marine products, aquaculture consultancy, and food-related infrastructure development.
The company operates shrimp hatcheries, grow-out farms, contract farming, feed distribution and other ancillary services related to aquaculture. Its aquaculture farms are located in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India.


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