21st October, 2014, Mumbai
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries inaugurated two-day National Symposium on ‘Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture: 25 Years of Achievements and Way Forward. The event was organized by NAAS, Western Regional Chapter at Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai on 21st October, 2014. In the inaugural address, he urged the scientists and students of fisheries sector to critically evaluate the strength and weakness of the sector and focus on improving the rural livelihood through better technologies and innovations. He also underscored the importance of the sector in meeting the nutritional security of the country and highlighted the need for a ‘Blue Revolution’. Dr. Balyan also suggested that institutions such as NABARD should encourage entrepreneurship and support small farmers through affordable financial assistance. The Minister inaugurated the Aquarium and other facilities at CIFE.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR & President, NAAS,presided over the function. He highlighted the progress and achievements of fisheries and aquaculture sector and emphasised on the efforts required in the future to sustain the growth. He also underlined some of the challenges such as climate change which have been impacting the sector significantly. He urged the students to be ready for future challenges as they will be steering the sector for the next 25-30 years.
Guests of Honour Ms.Leena Nair, Chairperson, MPEDA and Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD, expressed their views on the increased potential of fisheries in the country.
Earlier, Dr. W. S. Lakra, Director, CIFE and the Convenor of the symposium welcomed the dignitaries.
Several fisheries experts including Dr. E.G. Silas, Dr. M.V. Gupta, Dr. K. Gopakumar, Dr. K.V. Devaraj, Dr. R. Ramamurthi, Dr. S.D. Tripathi, Directors of various ICAR institutes, Deans of Colleges of Fisheries, representatives from MPEDA, NABARD and Ministry of Agriculture also attended the function as speakers/panelists.
Dr. E.G. Silas was presented with the Life-time Achievement Award of Indian Fisheries Association.
Dr. A.K.Pal and Dr. K. V. Rajendran, CIFE, proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: CIFE, Mumbai)