Our journey began back in 1990 when our founder Dr. Manoj.M.Sharma graduated in B.Sc. in fisheries science from NES science college Nanded. He further completed his masters in Fisheries management from CIFE (Central Institute of Fisheries education), Mumbai. After finishing his masters he was invited by a group of freshwater prawn farmers for technical support in Gujarat.
He started his career as a technician in a small aqua farm near Surat, Gujarat. After having worked for three years, he convinced and proved successful shrimp farming to the local farmers and officials of the Department of Fisheries, Government of Gujarat by practically demonstrating shrimp culture. His hard and dedicated work has transformed the coastal wasteland into the most viable shrimp farming business providing livelihood to thousands of people in Surat district of Gujarat. Having seen successful results, Government of Gujarat allotted large extent of brackish water land close to 5000 ha to the farmers.
Manojbhai’s revolutionary vision redefined the potential of Gujarat’s coastal belt. It is under Manojbhai’s visionary leadership the MAPL and Shrimp farming sector emerged as the one of the largest aqua business in Gujarat, India and carved out a distinct place for itself in the global aquaculture scenario.
He is the first to start the concept of satellite shrimp farming with complete traceability protocol in Gujarat to get the final products from the shrimp farmers. He is the first person in the country to advocate low stocking module for L. vannamei and now based on this module “Farming vannamei the tiger way” is the most successful concept not only in India but also many other shrimp farming countries.
Manojbhai is an inspiring leader with exquisite qualities. His success story is an inspiration for the new generation of Indian entrepreneurs, business leaders. For many, he is an icon, a role model to be imitated.