Bhubaneswar, 2 January 2011
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR inaugurated state of the art Feed Mill, National Feed Testing Laboratory, Digestibility Laboratory and Physiology Wet Laboratory at the Centeral Institute of Fresh Water Aquaculture (CIFA) here today. The feed mill would help upscaling the feed technology and promote feed use by the farmers towards enhancing fish production. The referral laboratory would help in quality assurance and certification for production of quality fish feed informed Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, CIFA.
The DG visited the farm facilities and the laboratories. He also discussed research priorities in freshwater aquaculture for the XII five year plan. He stressed on ‘Farmer First’ programme embarked upon by the ICAR to be implemented in its letter and spirit. He underlined the need for spending 25% of scientist’s time is farmer’s field. Spread of research results and visibility of impact would be the yardsticks for successful farm research. The Institute is celebrating silver jubilee this year and the visit of DG has made it more significant, said Dr. Jayasankar.
(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar, Orissa)