January 6, 2020
Aquaconnect and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative to predict shrimp diseases using machine learning
India-based Aquaconnect and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative are working on a project to predict shrimp diseases using machine learning, Express Computer reported. The project aims to benefit 13,000 hectares of farm area in India in the next two years.
The Asian shrimp industry reported to have lost at least US$20 billion in a decade. Diseases in the State of Andhra Pradesh that makes up nearly 70% of Indian shrimp production are expected to cut production by 40% this year.
Aquaconnect helps Indian shrimp farmers manage their farm operations efficiently and improve productivity using artificial intelligence. The company's FarmMOJO mobile app uses machine learning technology to analyse feed and growth patterns in relation to animal health. The app provides insights to farmers and provides advice for improved disease management.
Rajamanohar, CEO, Aquaconnect, said, "The Government of India is ramping up support for the aquaculture sector, launching the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) to catalyse Blue Revolution 2.0. We are excited to partner with IDH and Prof. Kenton Morgan on pioneering the machine learning efforts in shrimp epidemiology studies to help the Indian farmers to mitigate the risks due to diseases and support long-term sustainability of this industry."
Aquaconnect aims to enhance FarmMOJO's disease prediction model by using aquatic epidemiology, provided by Prof. Kenton Morgan. Prof. Morgan, University of Liverpool has over 40 years of experience in epidemiology. The IDH Aquaculture Program aims to link aquatic epidemiology to the sector. IDH supports and pilots the linkage in several geographies so as to tackle feed and disease issues.
Flavio Corsin, program director – Aquaculture at IDH, Sustainable Trade Initiative said, "Shrimp farming practices and environment change continuously, and these changes can affect disease occurrence in complex and unpredictable ways. Integrating epidemiological tools into Aquaconnect's farm management app will allow farmers to benefit from artificial intelligence in their efforts to understand, predict and prevent diseases."