10th July, 2020, Bhubaneswar
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR launched a WhatsApp & E-Mail Helpline for the fish farmers of the country. (WhatsApp No. - 7790007797 & ask.cifa [at] icar.gov.in) on the occasion of the 20th National Fish Farmers’ Day celebrated by the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha today. Dr. Jena outlined the technical help being extended by the Fisheries Institutes to the farmers and fishers of the country during the COVID-19 lockdown period. He also urged the scientists for reorienting the research strategies to come out with solutions for the farmers to mitigate the pandemic situation.
Shri M.V.S. Nagi Reddy, Vice-Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Agriculture Mission stressed on the need for enhancing the fish consumption to scale-up the fish production in the different parts of the country.
Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA briefed about the Institute’s contributions in the freshwater aquaculture sector.
Dr. S.D. Tripathi, Former Director, ICAR-CIFA & Former Vice-Chancellor, ICAR-CIFE emphasized on the threat of invasive species in the Indian fisheries and aquaculture.
Dr. Sarangi, Former Director, ICAR-CIFA stressed on the need to create public awareness on the safety of the cultured fish during the COVID-19 period.
Around 10 Progressive Fish Farmers from different parts of the country along with the aquaculture experts from the Institute discussed the various problems being faced by the farmers.
More than 200 participants virtually participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar)