29th September, 2014
A portable hatchery unit has been installed and commissioned by the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar, under the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) Project at Karapuzha Reservoir, Wyanad District,Keralathrough its Bangalore Regional Centre. The hatchery was inaugurated by Shri.I.C.Balakrishnan, Hon’ble, Member of Legislative Assembly in the presence of Dr.P.Jayasankar, (Director,CIFA) on 29 September, 2014. He appreciated the efforts done by ICAR-CIFA in establishing this hatchery, which is by far the first fish hatchery in the whole district of Wyanad. He further suggested that traiing of the fish farmers in hatchery operations is necessary to make the project fruitful.
Dr.P. Jayasankar brought out the importance of reservoirs for boosting inland fish production through participatory approach. He stressed that the unit would be of great help to the marginalized section of people staying in and around the reservoir, who mainly depend on fishing for their livelihood. Dr.N.Sridhar (Scientist In-Charge,CIFA Regional Centre, Bangalore) welcomed the dignitaries and the Tribal Society members.He informed that the tribals would be given practical training on all aspects of the hatchery operations at the centre in different batches. Dr.B.C.Mahapatra, (TSP Project Leader, CIFA) said that this is the second unit to be installed in Kerala and 300th in the country in 26 states. Dr.Firoze khan, (Scientist-in-Charge, CIFRI Bangalore Centre), Dr.Dinesh Cheruvatt (Joint Director, Department of Fisheries Govt. of Kerala), Mr.Sudhir Krishnan, (Asst.Director, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala) and other panchayat officials also spoke on the occasion. The hatchery was formerly handed over to Karapuzha ST/SC Reservoir Fisheries Cooperative Society, Karapuzhaby the Director, CIFA.