At the pre-production stage, NFRDI implements HatchPro, an R&D intervention for improving broodstock, resulting in increased and sustainable production of fry and fingerlings with improved traits, such as fast growth, high survival rates, and greater resilience to environmental
and climate conditions.

The program aims to improve the economic viability and efficiency of hatchery operations through increased R&D efforts. The focus will be on intensifying the mass production of natural food for larvae and fry, adopting modern systems such as automation and controlled biosystems, and providing technical support to BFAR in setting up local aquafeed mills. This will help reduce the dependence on feed importation and drive R&D efforts.