ICAR-CIFA celebrates National Fish Farmers’ Day

10th July 2019, Bhubaneswar

The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture observed the 19th National Fish Farmers’ Day at its Kausalyaganga campus today.

ICAR-CIFA celebrates National Fish Farmers’ Day  ICAR-CIFA celebrates National Fish Farmers’ Day

The Chief Guest, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises & Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Government of India urged the scientists for bringing the innovations for the small scale aqua farmers of the country. He also stated about the government’s commitment for the aquaculture development through the recently announced Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana.

In order to increase the productivity and conservation of the environment, the Minister stressed the scientists for developing the viable organic fish farming models and water efficient aquaculture methods. Shri Sarangi encouraged the farmers for adopting the advanced scientific methods for producing more fish and achieving self-sufficiency.

The Guest of Honor, Prof. Haribhandu Panda, Vice-Chancellor, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar urged all the stakeholders for bringing more synergy and convergence for developing an ecosystem for establishing an aquaculture value chain for the benefit of the society.

Mrs. Priyanka Mohanty, Director, Falcon Marine Exports Pvt. Ltd. underlined the changing market scenarios and emphasized on the ways by which the small farmers can take part in the growth story of the aquaculture development in the country.

Dr. Bindu R. Pillai, Director (Acting), ICAR-CIFA outlined the Institute’s major achievements during the last 3 decades towards the freshwater aquaculture sector in the country. She also stated about the Institute’s recent inventions like Rohu Jayanti, FRP Portable Hatchery, feeds for different life stages of fish, Disease Diagnostics Kits, improved CIFABROODTM, Hybridization Detection Kit and other useful technologies for the farmers.

Around 13 fish farmers from the different parts of the country were felicitated for their contributions to the development of freshwater aquaculture.

The 5 Regional Centres of the Institute located at Anand, Gujarat; Bhatinda, Punjab; Bengaluru, Karnataka; Rahara, West Bengal and Vijayawada and Andhra Pradesh celebrated the National Fish Farmers’ Day with full zeal and enthusiasm.

Around 90 fish farmers from Odisha and other parts of the country were present at the event.

(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar)