Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi is conducting month-long training course,” Aquaculture Technician” to impart skill development training on various stages of the farming practices to the selected 20 interested youngsters in aquaculture.
The skill development course, which was started on 27th February 2017 with the support of the National Skill Development Corporation under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, is aimed at developing farming and entrepreneurial skills among the youth for promoting startups in the diversified aquaculture.
The area of training includes different farming practices such as cage fish farming, fresh water and brackishwater farming, mussel farming, shrimp farming, crab farming, lobster farming and oyster farming etc.
After the successful completion of the course the participants will be permitted to work as government recognised aqua-consultants to cater to the needs of aqua-farmers with the support of KVK. KVK has already got a Kadamakkudy Matsya Krishi Karma Sena (aqua-task force) in Pizhala, which is functioning in a similar way under the young farmer Theruviparambil Sreekumar with the support of KVK.
The training programme is implemented through the selected KVKs in the country. The programme is a part of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), a unique initiative by the Government of India that aims to offer 24 lakh Indian youth meaningful, industry relevant, skill based training. PMKVY was envisaged as a key measure to impart skills-based training to the youth, making them capable of earning and supporting the country’s anti-poverty endeavours.
(Source: ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi)