July 16, 2014, Bhubaneswar,
Bhubaneswar based Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), celebrated 86th Foundation Day of ICAR on 16th of July 2014.
“The purpose of observing ICAR foundation day in CIFA is to recollect, share and sensitize people about the roles and contributions of ICAR for the growth and development of our country”, said Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director of CIFA in his welcome address. “People will be also appraised of various plans, research programmes of the institute highlighting the technologies pertaining to carps, catfishes, murrels, koi, prawns, ornamental fishes, pearl culture, portable carp and magur hatchery and different products developed by it, so that they may utilize and spread these development messages among others. In the present transitional phase where there is a paradigm shift from production to productivity to agri-business, one of the major focuses of the Institute is to develop entrepreneurship in freshwater aquaculture”, Dr. Jayasankar added.
Prof. K. Pradhan, Former Vice Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology inaugurated the function and delivered a lecture on contributions of ICAR for ensuring food security of our country.
Mr. Aditya Dash, Vice President, Surya Foods and Industries Ltd., Cuttack deliberated on scopes and prospects in exporting of aquaculture products, while Mr. Amit Dubey, General Manager (Aquaculture), Godrej Agrovet, Mumbai threw light upon potentials of aquaculture feed industry in India.
About 300 representatives comprising several renowned dignitaries in the field of research and development, entrepreneurs, rural youths, fisheries and management students from colleges and universities of Odisha, officials from NABARD, RBI, BOI, MSME, APICOL and other stakeholders participated in the vent .
“On this occasion, an interactive technical session ‘Entrepreneurship Development in Freshwater Aquaculture’ involving all stakeholders was organized along with a few lead lectures to sensitize and motivate youths to take up aquaculture-business as profession” said Mr. N. K. Barik and Dr. S. Adhikari, coordinators of the programme.
(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar)