ICAR-CIFRI organized mass awareness programme for livelihood improvement of the rural women through integrated wetland management

ICAR-CIFRI conducted a mass awareness camp on 24th March, 2017 at Sujapur, Murshidabad to sensitize rural women for livelihood improvement through integrated wetland management in collaboration with Sargachi Ramakrishna Mission and State Fisheries Department, West Bengal. Bhagirathi-Damos beel (44ha), a wetland with plenty of indigenous fishery resources, which is unused by the local communities for many years and now a major portion of the wetland is weed chocked. For last one decade the beel was unmanaged due to lack of governance. ICAR-CIFRI facilitate 1800 women of 155 selfhelp groups to take the lease of that wetland to support their livelihood.

ICAR-CIFRI successfully completed one month feeding trial on women to minimize the nutritional gap

ICAR-CIFRI conducted one month feeding trial by including Small Indigenous Fishes (SIF) in the regular dietary regime of women at Madanganj village of Namkhana Block, Sunderbans. A health camp was conducted on 12th February, 2017 at Madanganj, Namkhana to clinically assess the nutritional gap of the women. The blood sample analysis also depicts that 20% women are anaemic and more than 40% women are having blood calcium lower than the reference range.

One month feeding trial for thirty women was conducted in collaboration with the Madanganj Fishermen Cooperative society and ICDS centre including SIF in their regular diet. After the one month feeding trial, another health camp was organized on 20th March, 2017 to assess the impact of recommended feeding practices in bridging the nutritional gap. Analysis of blood samples also shows an increasing trend in blood Calcium and blood Phosphorus due to inclusion of SIF in their daily diet.

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