ICAR-CIFRI organizes Fish Harvest Mela

14th to 15th June, 2019, Bihar

The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata organised two-days “Fish Harvest Mela” at Kararia and Sirsa Maun (Freshwater Wetlands) of Purvi Champaran District of Bihar from 14th to 15th June, 2019.

ICAR-CIFRI organizes Fish Harvest Mela  ICAR-CIFRI organizes Fish Harvest Mela

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, former Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare and Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Purvi Champaran inaugurated the Mela. Shri Singh stated that 800 to 900 fisher’s families of five Wetlands of Purvi Champaran District have been benefitted by the on-going NFDB Funded Programme by doubling their income through the scientific interventions made by the ICAR-CIFRI.

Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI outlined the ICAR-CIFRI’s technological interventions of culture-based fisheries. Dr. Das stated about the management interventions made for getting the double-triple fish yield, viz., 180 kg/ha/yr to approximately 675 kg/ha/yr in Kararia Maun; 190 kg/ha/yr to 320 kg/ha/yr in Sirsa Maun; 70 kg/ha/yr to 140 kg/ha/yr in Rulhi Maun and 60 kg/ha/yr to 120 kg/ha/yr in Majharia Maun.

Dr. Das underlined that the ICAR-CIFRI’s technological intervention in the optimum exploitation of the under-exploited wetlands of Bihar with regard to the fish yield has been successfully demonstrated by the programme titled “Wetland Fisheries Development Projects of Bihar” under the Central Sector Scheme (CSS) - Blue Revolution.

The technological intervention has received a favourable response from the local fishers as it has not only helped to eradicate the unemployment, but has also shown positive results in reversing the youth migration in search of jobs.

The programme registered a total participation by more than 250 fishers.

(Source: ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore)