ICAR-CIFA hosts 4th Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Congress

17th November, 2019, Bhubaneswar

The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar organized “4th PAF Congress on Increasing aquaculture production in India through synergistic approach between multinational industries, domestic entrepreneurs and aqua-culturists” from 15th to 17th November, 2019.

ICAR-CIFA hosts 4th Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Congress  ICAR-CIFA hosts 4th Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Congress

The conference was organized in collaboration with the Association of Aqua-culturists, Bhubaneswar and Pillay Aquaculture Foundation, Chennai.

Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises urged for the concerted efforts in making the aquaculture profitable by strengthening the value chain in the sector. He opined the stakeholders both - private and public for coming together and contributing towards doubling the farmers’ income by the Year - 2022.

The Minister applauded the ICAR-CIFA and other stakeholders for developing the innovative technologies and services. He also underscored the need for transferring the know-how to the farmers.

Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries & Animal Sciences), ICAR emphasized on ensuring the future aquaculture to be knowledge intensive rather than input intensive. He also stressed that along with the production enhancement the issues like safe food, quality food, traceability, etc. are gaining significance day-by-day. Dr. Jena also announced naming ABI facility of the Institute after Dr. V.R.P. Sinha, Founder Director of ICAR-CIFA.

Dr. P.K. Agrawal, Vice-Chancellor, Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar urged for enabling the policy support to the farmers. He hoped that the fisheries education and research in Odisha would get a boost from the newly formed Fisheries Ministry.

The Director General of NACA (Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific), Bangkok was also present during the inaugural session.

Earlier Dr. B.R. Pillai, Director, ICAR-CIFA emphasized that the Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Congress is being organized for paying the tribute to Dr. T.V.R. Pillay, referred to as Father of Modern Aquaculture.

Over 200 Delegates from the various Institutes and Government Departments participated in the Conference.

A prototype of FRP Pabda Hatchery along with Two Mobile Apps - IndAqua and TreatmyFish developed in Odia, Hindi and English languages were released during the occasion.

(ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar)