21st November 2016, Madigan, Sundarban, West Bengal
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore celebrated world Fisheries Day at Nutri-smart village Madigan in Namkhana block of Sundarban, West Bengal today. A special programme was organized on this occasion for popularization of Small indigenous fish species for livelihood enhancement in Sundarban region.
In his address the Chief guest Dr. Purnendu Biswas, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal Science and Fisheries, Kolkata said small fishes are important for children as it provides required micronutrients.
Dr B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his welcome address emphasized that the small indigenous fish have more micronutrients than Indian major carp and exotic carp. He said intake of these fishes in daily meal provide the required quantity of micronutrients and vitamins to the family. He stressed that culturing these fishes will give more income to the fishers as they fetch more price than carp fish.
Publications entitled “Small Indigenous Fishes for nutritional security of the rural economy (in Bangla and English)” and” Hilsa calendar in Bangla” was released on this occasion.
Earlier Seed bank of Small Indigenous Fishes was inaugurated under the Nutritional village project at Madanganj in Namkhana block of Sundarban area by the Chief Guest.
More than 250 fishers and fisherwomen participated in this programme.
(Source: ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore)