Mr. Pradip R. Navik is one of the main promoters of the company. He was born in Dandi and brought up in Surat. He educated from D.C. High School, Khandala, Maharashtra, after which he returned to Dandi, was elected Sarpanch and immersed himself in social service for the people, for more than a decade. Pradip was much loved and respected during his tenure as Sarpanch of Dandi village, and he in turn longed to help the village people by giving them a sustainable livelihood. Dandi being a coastal village, he quickly concluded that Aquaculture was the ideal option suited to the environment and people of Dandi. This resulted in the formation of DAFCO and his vision led the aquaculture industry to new heights in Gujarat, India.
Mr. Pradip Navik became one of the leading figures in the development of aquaculture industry in Gujarat.He started the industry on just 2hectares of land and soon expanded it to cover 5000 hectares all over Surat District. He is the pioneer who initiated shrimp farming in Surat District and has been associated with the Aquaculture Industry for the last 20 years. Now he is directly and indirectly involved with and supports almost all 5000 hectares of shrimp farms.
He is the Chairman of the Surat Aqua Farmers Association (SAFA) and also the Vice President of the Gujarat Aquaculture Associations (GAA). He is actively helping members in the development of sustainable shrimp farming in South Gujarat.
He has been propagating the concept of satellite farming. In this system, all inputs are arranged or supplied to the farmers through reliable common agencies or suppliers. He has a clear vision for sustainable aquaculture. To fulfill this vision, Zeal Aqua is marching towards building its own state-of-the-art seafood processing plant and shrimp hatchery under his able guidance.
Mr. Shantilal Patel owned an engineering business and has more than 20 years of experience in steel fabrication. Later, he diversified into aquaculture and gained 15 years of rich experience in the field of shrimp farming. Mr. Patel with his vast experience and tech savvy mindset developed the best infrastructure, imbibing delegated technology and innovation in aquaculture farming.
He got the most talented "Aqua Farmer & Performer" award for the highest production in shrimp farming. He pioneered and led the start of P.E. Lined ponds in Gujarat.
He is appointed as a spokes person of the Surat Aquaculture Farmers Association (SAFA).
Mr. Rohan Navik, MBA, is the youngest Promoter & Director of Zeal Aqua and brings his tremendous energy, innovation and forward vision to the company. Mr. Rohan Navik, has been involved in the development of various farms and has led the team with energy, dynamism, planning, innovation and clear thoughtful vision. He has added professional management and new dimensions to Zeal Aqua.
Mr. Navik is responsible for end to end management of business engagements & planning, with his thorough professionalism and immense knowledge in the domain, while also inculcating great learning qualities in the management and the team. Mr. Navik joined Zeal Aqua and has been effective since day one by undertaking major projects and looking after planning and execution processes with exceptional commitment to timelines and quality.
He is knowledgeable, professional and has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. His management style is engaging and he works hard to deliver genuine insights and value both to his workers and clients.
Mr. Navik also helps imbibe the culture of adopting the best and latest technology for superior quality and higher production environment in the company, making him an important asset at Zeal Aqua.
Production Forecasted in 2017
Shrimp Harvesting at Site.
The Founders of Zeal Aqua have been honoured with various awards for their pioneering work in the field of Aqua Culture Development by various prestigious Institutions from all over India.