Saji Chacko is regarded by many of his colleagues in Indian aquaculture as a source of inspiration when it comes to pioneering with new ideas and culture methods. Continuously reinventing himself – and very often succeeding at it – is one of the things that identify him as a businessman. One small example is his recent decision to invest $ 30.000 in lining all of his farm ponds and earning the investment back with one very successful crop.
First to commercially farm P. vannamei in India
Inspired in the late nineties by the efforts and trials of Dr. B. Masthan Rao to introduce P. vannamei in India as a more disease resistant alternative to P. monodon, Saji Chacko’s company Onaway Industries was the first farm in India to receive a government license for commercial-scale white shrimp production. In the years to come, Onaway Industries received various awards for excellence issued by the Ministry.
Getting ahead in aquaculture means constantly questioning what you are doing right and what you can do better.
1ST VANNAMEI LICENSE
Following the widespread disease problems with P. monodon in the nineties, Onaway Industries was the first farm in India to receive a license to switch to commercial-scale P. vannamei culture.
#1 FARM RECOGNITION
Without having the ambition to grow into India’s number one farm in terms of production volume, the company did for several years in a row receive the government’s ‘Best Farm’ award.
Onaway Industries took its first steps in P. vannamei culture in the year 2009, with a highly successful trial in 16 ponds out of the company’s 70-pond capacity at that time.