21st November, 2021, Bhubaneswar
The Ornamental Fish Farming should be scaled-up in the different parts of the country to help the small-scale farmers, especially rural women in improving their livelihood, said Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying. Shri Rupala was on his visit to the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha today.
During his visit to the Institute, the Union Minister reviewed the Freshwater Aquaculture Research activities. The Union Minister planted a tree sapling in the Institute premises and visited the ICAR-CIFA Farm facilities. More than 23 Food Fish Varieties and various Aquaculture systems were exhibited during the Minister’s visit. He was also apprised about the different gadgets, feed formulations and therapeutics developed by the Institute.
Around 10 successful Women Self-Help Group Members displayed their products in an exclusive exhibition during Shri Rupala’s visit to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Khordha. During his interaction with the women folks, Shri Rupala applauded the KVK’s efforts in promoting the income generating activities among the women for strengthening their livelihood.
The Union Minister felicitated the ICAR-CIFA’s Progressive Farmer - Padma Shri, Shri Batakrushna Sahoo, an innovative aqua farmer who adopts and experiments the new methods in Aquaculture. He also felicitated Shri Surendra Bhola, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi Awardee Farmer for his exemplary contribution in fisheries.
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science), ICAR briefed about the different technological avenues available for the farmers.
Earlier, Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar delivered the welcome address.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha)