Every year, India celebrates 10 July as the “National Fish Farmers’ Day” to honor fishermen, aquapreneurs and fishermen in appreciation of their achievements in the field and their contribution to the growth of the country’s fisheries sector.
This day is celebrated by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB).
- The year 2021 is the 64th National Fish Farmer’s Day.
- The Fisheries Department, as part of observing National Fish Farmers Day organized a series of virtual events in the wake of the lockdown regulations to honour selected farmers who have made commendable contributions to the field of inland fish farming ventures.
- The virtual events were opened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
- The event was hosted at 13 locations in the Kozhikode district.
- One of the major projects to commemorate this year’s celebration was the release of a micro-level directory with panchayat-level details about the fish farmers and scientific farming practices.
- Screening of exclusive documentaries and seminars on aquaculture and modern farming methods was also a part of the virtual celebrations.
- National Fish Farmers Day is celebrated in the memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H. L. Chaudhury.
- Both of them successfully demonstrated Hypophysation (technology of induced breeding) in Indian Major Carps (common name for several species of fish) on 10th July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha. (Presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar).
The main aims of the event are as follows:
- To recognize the accomplishments and contributions of fish farmers, aquapreneurs (entrepreneurs in the water sector), and fisher folks in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country.
- To draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems.
- The event is celebrated every year by congratulating outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the country’s fisheries sector.
About National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB):
- NFDB was established in 2006 as an autonomous organization under the administrative control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
- Now, it works under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
- Its task is to enhance fish production and productivity in the country and to coordinate fishery development in an integrated and holistic manner.
About ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBFGR):
- ICAR-NBFGR is a dedicated research center in fishery science under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research of Government of India (GoI).
- It is located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
- This institute was established in 1983.
- Exploration, characterization and cataloging of fish genetic resources.
- Maintenance and preservation of fish genetic resources for conservation and utilization of prioritized species.
- Evaluation of indigenous and exotic germplasm including risk assessment and fish health.
About Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying:
- Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying is a newly formed ministry in India.
- It was formed in May 2019 by the Modi government from the department of the same name under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
- Recently, Senior BJP leader Parshottam Rupala took charge as the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying on 8 July 2021.