Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visits ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore

16 November, 2018, Barrackpore

Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare visited ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore today.

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Addressing the officers and farmers, Shri Singh said under the leadership of Hon'ble Prime Minister, during the last four and a half years, under the blue revolution programme for the development of fisheries sector in the country, many states have reached close to self-sufficiency in fish production. Fish production has increased by 26% in the last four years.

Shri Singh appreciated the work carries out by the institute and congratulated the institute for exceeding the revenue generation target and urged the scientific community to work hard to generate more revenue. He stressed on the need to doubling farmer’s income through effective implementation of fisheries technologies developed by this institute.

The Union Agriculture Minister also inaugurated the skill development orientation training programme on “Inland Fisheries Management” for national service volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra, West Bengal.  Under this programme, one thousand volunteers are being skill trained on Inland fisheries. This programme is jointly organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra, West Bengal.

Earlier, Dr. B. K. Das, Director, in his welcome briefed about the various research and extension activities carried by the institute towards enhancing income and livelihood of inland fishers in India. He  also informed him about the various technologies developed by this institute and its impact on increase in inland fish production from different parts of India.  

The meeting was also attended by Shri Navin Nayak, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra, West Bengal, Sikkim, Andman & Nicobar Islands, senior officers of ICAR-CIFRI and Nehru Yuva Kendra, Kolkata and hundred fish farmers of West Bengal.

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