22nd July 2013, Kollengode
Under the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP)-RHSSP sub project, a programme on distribution of improved gill nets suitable for reservoir fisheries in seven dams of Palakkad district, was organized by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin in association with the Kerala Fisheries Department, Malampuzha, Palakkad, at Kollengode Block Panchayat Hall, on 22 July, 2013.
Shri K. Babu, Minister of Fisheries and Excise, Government of Kerala inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional lamp and distributing the gillnets to the fishermen of Meenkara and Chulliyar dams. In his address, Shri Babu appreciated the efforts of Scientists of CIFT, Cochin in providing technical inputs to the fisheries sector for the overall improvement in the livelihood of the fishermen.
The function was presided over by the President of Kollengode Block Panchayat, Shri K. Vasudevan While Dr. K.V. Lalitha, Consortium Principal Investigator welcomed the gathering and Shri M. Nasser Co- PI of project gave a detailed report on the project interventions carried out for reservoir fisheries in Palakkad. Smt. T. Pradeepa, President, Kollengode Gram Panchayat, Smt. Mallika Swaminathan, Smt. Anu Ramesh and Smt. K.C. Vijayakumari, Member, Kollengode Gram Panchayat offered felicitations.
A total of 132 fishermen from various dams in Palakkad, namely Valayar, Mangalam, Pothundi, Kanjirapuzha, Meenkara and Chulliyar were benefited from the programme. After the inaugural function there was a discussion with the Project team chaired by the Minister. Officials of Department of Fisheries and Block Panchayat President also participated in the meeting and discussed about the future action plans for developing reservoir fisheries in Kerala.
Shri Y. Sayed Muhammed, Fisheries Deputy Director, Malampuzha proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: CIFT, Cochin)