ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore organized one day Awareness Program on 'Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance' at Meen Bhawan, Contai in East Medinipur district of West Bengal on 25th August 2016 under NFDB sponsored 'National Surveillance Program for Aquatic animal Diseases Project'. Dr. B. K. Behera, Principal Investigator of the project welcomed all the participants. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his inaugural address emphasized on the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Shrimp farming. He said that good quality fish and shrimp seed along with good water quality management and good quality shrimp and fish feed is very important for preventing the disease occurrence.
Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, Fisheries Resource and Environmental Management Division, ICAR-CIFRI highlighted the nutritional significance of fish and shrimp in human health. Shri Ramkrishna Sardar, Assistant Director (Marine Fisheries) of East Medinipur, Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal in his address opined that, Shrimp culture has become a profitable farming option for fishers of East Medinipur district, however there is an urgent need for sustainable shrimp aquaculture in the region.
70th Independence Day was celebrated at the ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore with great enthusiasm. The Director, CIFRI Dr. B.K Das hoisted the tri-colour and paid rich tribute to the nation. In his Independence Day speech, he addressed the staff and their family members and emphasized that present young generation should remember the sacrifice made by our earlier leaders. He also spoke about the contribution of ICAR as well as ICAR-CIFRI in nation building. A 'CIFRI Model Cage' was installed on the occasion of AZADI 70 to showcase CIFRI's contribution in the field of cage culture in inland fisheries.
This is also a prolific step to strengthen capacity building programmes organized by ICAR-CIFRI on 'Inland Fisheries Management'. An 'Office-cum Ladies Room for Women Cell', CIFRI was inaugurated on this day for better functioning of the cell.