Visakhapatnam, 11th June 2011
Secretary (DARE) and Director General, ICAR Dr S Ayyappan launched the online Indian Journal of Fisheries in the ICAR website. He was in the city for inaugurating the newly extended wing of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology lab-cum-office complex. Dr Ayyappan also dedicated the mariculture laboratories of the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI to the nation.
Dr Ayyappan in his inaugural address commended the efforts and contributions of the scientists and staff of the two centres. He highlighted the need for increasing the fish production of the country with innovative technologies like that of open sea cage culture initiated by CMFRI. He also commended the strides made by CIFT in processing of new fish species like Pangasius which led to increased profits for Pangasius farmer. Dr Ayyappan emphasized the importance of high value products from fish which would be the focus of the National Agricultural Entrepreneurship Project to be launched by the ICAR soon.
Dr B Meenakumari, DDG (Fisheries) emphasized that the fisheries sector is the most powerful in terms of employment generations as well as income generation. She emphasized that the centres of CMFRI and CIFT at Visakhapatnam were key centers for fisheries research on the East coast of India. She highlighted the achievements of green mussel spat production and greasy grouper brood stock maintenance by CMFRI and enhanced hygienic conditions of fishing harbours by CIFT.
(Source: Visakhapatnam Reserach Centre of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology Email: ciftvizaggmail [dot] com )