CIFA observed National Fish Farmers Day

Bhubaneswar, 10th July 2012

CIFA observed National Fish Farmers DayThe Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, a constituent of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, today observed national fish farmers day to commemorate the discovery of induced breeding technology. This feat was achieved on 10 July in the year 1957. This discovery has led to revolution in fish seed industry which in turn increased fish production in the country many fold.  Today the country’s total fish production is 8.1 million tonne which is 11 fold increase over 1950-51 levels informed Dr P Jayasankar, Director, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture. Dr Dilip Kumar, former Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai graced the occasion as Chief Guest. 

Seventeen fish farmers from different parts of the country were felicitated on the occasion. This includes eleven from Odisha, four from Uttar Pradesh, one each from Assam and Uttarakhand. A compilation of success stories christened as “Aquaculture Success Stories” was released. It contains the detailed description of the innovative practices followed by the fish farmers.

CIFA observed National Fish Farmers DayThe awardee farmers also made a brief presentation of their way of farming fish and shared their story with the researchers and farmers who attended the programme. Dr. Kumar said that in recent years more and more women are taking up aquaculture enterprises as a means of improving their socio economic condition. He appreciated the pioneering efforts of several Women Self Help Groups from interior district i.e. Boudh and Keonjhar for adopting scientific way of fish farming. Shri, Indresh Pandey from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh shared his innovation on Pulse crop -cum- fish farming. He said that visit to CIFA is like pilgrimage for fish farmers. Farmers all over the country look forward to this institute for technology, guidance and training. In an interactive session the scientists of the institute addressed the production related queries of the farmers. A total of 150 farmers and farm women attended the celebrations.

(Source: Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture(CIFA), ICAR,Bhubaneswar, Orissa)