10th July, 2018, Barrackpore, Kolkata
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute celebrated National Fish Farmers’ Day here today. The day is commemorated in remembrance of the revolutionary Induced breeding technology developed by Dr. Hira Lal Choudhury and Dr. Alikhuni, scientists of this institute on 10 July 1957.
Welcoming the gathering, Dr. B.K Das said for last 72 years CIFRI is significantly contributing for generating dynamic knowledge base through interdisciplinary research and presently looking forward to work on major issues of natural resource management.
Dr. A. N. Roy, Director NIRJAFT emphasized upon the role of fisheries sector in livelihood security in West Bengal.
Prof. B. C. Mall, Vice Chancellor of JIS Group University, Kalyani and Guest of honour in his address shared his experience of 40 years working in aquaculture engineering sector. He congratulated the team CIFRI for immensely contributing in fish production enhancement in the country.
Shri Swami Atmapriyanand ji, Vice Chancellor of Ram Krishna Vivekanand University and research institute, Belur Math and Chief Guest of the function stressed on the role played by nature for providing us food. In his address he praised the initiatives made by CIFRI for the beel and open water fisheries development in the country.
Around 150 fish farmers from various states, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh participated in the event. Eleven fish farmers from West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh were awarded “Best Fish Farmer Award” at the function for their contribution to fisheries and aquaculture sector of India.. The awardees also shared their experience in fish farming with the audience.
Two training programmes were organized under Skill development programme and tribal sub plan for the wetland fish farmers of west Bengal and tribal fish farmers of Sundarbans. was organized on the day aiming at providing solution to the problems faced by the fishers and fish farmers.
(Source: ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore)