Bhubaneswar, April 1 2011
The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), a constituent of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) entered 25th year of its existence on April 1, 2011. To mark this occasion CIFA released a ‘Special Day Postal Cover’ in association with Department of Post, Government of India. The cover depicts frontal view of main building and few important activities being carried out at CIFA. The cover also has a postal cachet mark (a design or artwork) comprising of two popular varieties of carp fish, rohu and catla.
The back of the cover has a brief introduction to the Institute and its activities. The Institute as a premier research institute devoted to freshwater aquaculture research and development, starting its journey in the year 1987. Over the last two decades of devoted research, the institute has developed several epoch-making technologies that has revolutionized freshwater aquaculture sector in India. Release of special day cover on silver jubilee year is the first of its kind in the National Agricultural Research System. Dr. S.D Tripathi, the first Director of CIFA released the cover in presence of present Director, Dr Ambekar E. Eknath.
The cover concept was conceived and designed with passion by philatelist Dr Bibhudatta Mishra, who is a serving technical officer of the institute. Those who wish to cherish the memory of CIFA and give the cover as a novel gift can get it at an affordable price of Rs 25 at the Philatelic Bureau, GPO, Bhubaneswar.
(Source: Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Orissa)