10th July, 2020, Barrackpore
The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata virtually celebrated the “National Fish Farmers’ Day” today.
The Chief Guest, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying and MSME, Government of India urged the fish farmers, scientists and other stakeholders to have a target for making the country as the largest fish producer country in the world. He stressed on new stimulus the fisheries sector has got under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
Highlighting the central government’s programmes and schemes to boost production and productivity, the Union Minister regarded the “Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY)” as a revolutionary programme launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. We have thousands of water bodies, rivers, lakes and reservoirs which are left unused. He also highlighted about the government’s planning to increase the area under cage culture to 5% of the reservoir area.
In his welcome address, Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General, (Fisheries Science), ICAR highlighted the Government of India’s ambitious target of doubling the fish production and export revenue in the country. He also dwelt upon the scientist communities’ contributions in developing the different fish breeds and enhancing the production in the country in the last five decades.
Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI outlined the works done by the Institute for the fish farmers’ upliftment. He also stressed on achieving the fish production of 22 million tonnes in the ne\xt6 five years.
The senior officials of ICAR Institutes also addressed the fish farmers during the occasion.
The main objective of the programme was to rebuild the strategies for fishers’ livelihood for combating the Post COVID-19 situation, particularly, in the inland fisheries sector.
More than 300 fish farmers, entrepreneurs, students and fish production groups from 14 different states namely - West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Odisha, Assam, Kerala, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab virtually participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata)