The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture observed the 18th National Fish Farmers’ Day at its Kausalyaganga campus here on 10th July 2018. The day is commemorated in remembrance of scientists Dr K H Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957.
Prof. P K Mishra, Chancellor, Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar was the Chief Guest on this occasion. He urged studying and combining traditional wisdom and modern technology in fish farming. He emphasized on using sensor and IT tools to know the number of fishes in big ponds and lakes as well as to study fish behaviour. He suggested collaborative research of fish biologists and informatics scientists in order to develop improved technology and urged to work on water body retention policy. He suggested the name of the fish should be in Sanskrit language.
Dr. N Sarangi, former Director, ICAR-CIFA was Guest of Honour on this occasion. He spoke about multiple breeding, off-season breeding, bigger fingerling production and other technological advancements made in the field of freshwater aquaculture. . He urged unemployed rural youth to come forward and take up fish farming as a business venture.
Dr. S D Gupta, Former Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFA graced the occasion as a special guest. He shared his experience of working with Dr. H. L. Chaudhary in Cuttack station and his 40 years of journey as fishery scientist.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. B R Pillai, ICAR-CIFA Director (Acting) briefed about the achievements of the Institute. He said the Institute is providing technical back up to fisheries department of different states and also implementing several flag ship schemes of the Government- Swachh Bharat Aviyan, Krishi Kalyan Aviyan, Farmer FIRST, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav, Digital transaction, Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan, Soil Health Card, Schedule Tribe Component etc.
Around 90 fish farmers from Odisha and other parts of the country were present at the event. Six fish farmers from different parts of India were felicitated for their contributions to the development of freshwater aquaculture.
A scientist-farmer interaction session was also organized on the theme ‘doubling farmer’s income’.
Source: ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar