10th July 2013
The Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal observed National Fish Farmers’ Day (Matsyapalak Diwas) at village Tharu Teeshora, in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand on 10th July 2013 to commemorate the discovery of induced breeding of fish. The programme was presided over by Dr. Ashoktaru Barat, Director, DCFR, Bhimtal, Uttrakhand. Dr. R.S.Patiyal, Sr. Scientist and programme coordinator of the programme welcomed farmers, entrepreneurs, dignitaries and media persons and briefed about the TSP Plan.
In the inaugural address, Dr. Barat highlighted the importance of rural aquaculture for income generation and for livelihood security particularly for the poor farmers with smaller land holdings. He said this may be a small beginning today; however, he assured the gathering that in future Directorate will regularly organize such programmes in the area for development of aquaculture activities. Dr Barat advised local fish farmers to be in touch with scientists and also visit Bhimtal/Champawat centre for better utilization of available farming technologies.
Dr. M. S. Akhtar, Scientist and Co-coordinator of the programme delivered an interactive lecture to the farmers for enhancing productivity through integrated aquaculture and addressed the aquaculture related queries of the farmers. Senior Scientists from DCFR participated in a lively farmer - scientist interactive session and addressed the queries of the farmers. Some Women farmers also participated and shown keen interest for fish farming. Gram Pradhan was also present in the interactive session.
In the morning session, Dr. Patiyal and his team had given on-farm demonstrations to the farmers for pond management including pond fertilization, fish stocking, feeding, water quality observations, netting, fish handling etc
Dr. Barat along with scientists and farmers released fish seed in farmer’s pond. On this occasion, four adopted farmers under the Tribal sub plan (TSP), Mr. Sukhdev Singh, Kehar Singh, Manoj Singh and Yashpal Singh were given seeds of improved Hungarian common carp strain, rohu, catla, mrigal, silver and grass carp along with fish nets, plankton nets, hand nets, thermometer etc.
(Source: DCFR, Bhimtal)