10th July 2017, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
The ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai celebrated the “National Fish Farmers Day” along with shrimp farmers, fishers and womenfolk of Kokkilamedu village, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu today. Doubling fish farmers’ income through diversification and adoption of innovative practices was the theme of this interaction.
The CIBA scientists explained the production potential and farming practices of Indian white shrimp (Penaeus indicus) including the abilities of this desi white shrimp that can tolerate even higher salinities up to 40-45 ppt and its suitability for farming in high saline area. The nursery rearing in shrimp farming, diseases management, soil & water management and better management practices of shrimp farming were also discussed with farmers. Importance of farmer-to-farmer communication was suggested as better mode of transfer of technology. They also suggested that the fisher folk can take up coastal aquafarming as an additional and alternative livelihood activity
The womenfolk of Thiruvidanthai village who have successfully operated the ornamental fish farming unit using the technology developed by CIBA narrated their ‘success story’ to the fisher folk in simple language and explained the efforts taken by the CIBA in promoting ornamental farming as a livelihood development activity for them.
Farmer friendly publications on fish and shrimp farming prepared in Tamil language were distributed to the participants and the fisher folk were motivated to take up farming of fishes in the open waters available in their village.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai)