CIFA Celebrated National Fish Farmers’ Day

10th July 2014,Bhubaneswar

The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) on Thursday observed the 14th National Fish Farmers' Day at its Kausalyaganga campus here. The day is commemorated in remembrance of scientists Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957. Addressing the gathering, CIFA Director Dr. P. Jayasankar said the invention is hailed as a landmark achievement in the history of fishery in India and abroad. During the last over 2 decades of devoted research, CIFA has contributed significantly toward development for breeding and culture of economically important fish and shellfish, use of plastics in aquaculture like FRP portable hatchery, feeds for different life stages of fish, disease diagnostics kits, improved rohu Jayanti, CIFABROODTM, Hybridization detection kit and other useful technologies for the farmers. Dr. Jayasankar has also emphasized on the need for regular linkage among CIFA, DOF, KVK and other stake holders.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture, Fishery and ARD Minister Srijukta Pradeep Maharathy, the Chief Guest of the programme, highlighted the initiatives of the Government in implementing the new farmer policies. The minister also assured the institute of all possible co-operation from the Govt. of Odisha as and when required for aquaculture development programmes in the state. He further requested the Director, CIFA to send his scientist for the Kisan program which would be held in the state between September and November. The minister also urged for the work upon the aquaculture diversification, fish genomics, proteomics and nanotechnology, water budgeting, ecosystem health and bioremediation, supply of good quality cheap fish and prawn feed to the farmers. He emphasized on Water budgeting since water will be a more indispensable commodity for aquaculture in the future. The promising technology, which CIFA has produced, must be used by the local farming community to enhance fish production and productivity. Partnership must grow among the stake holders to give a best environment for the farming communities. He has also released two pamphlets and felicitated some farmers from BTDA of Assam on this occasion.

Sri Bishnupada Sethi, Commissioner cum Secretary, Fishery & ARD, Govt. of Odisha was the Guest of Honour on this occasion. He has suggested CIFA to conduct Fish Farmers' Day on a festival mode, and to promote awareness of small fishes as health food. Sri Krishna Mohan, Director, Fisheries, Govt. of Odisha was also present on this occasion.

Around 100 fish farmers from Odisha, West Bengal, Manipur and Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) of Assam were present at the event. Seven fish farmers from different parts of India were felicitated at the function. The awardees also shared their experience in fish farming with the scientists.

A scientist-farmer interaction session was also organized on the day aiming at providing solution to the problems faced by the farmers in pisciculture. Drs. B. K. Das, G. S. Saha, S. C. Rath, S. Saurabh, U. L. Mohanty and D. K. Verma have coordinated the program.

(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar)