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Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited the Regional Research Centers of ICAR-CIFRI and ICAR-CIFA



Dr. T. Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR visited Regional Research Centre of ICAR-CIFRI and ICAR-CIFA, Bengaluru on 15 January 2016. DG was briefed about the history of the two centers by the scientists in-charge. DG enquired about the scientific & staff strengths, the status of the southern state in the country and stressed that all the branches of fisheries, marine, Inland, brackishwater, capture, culture and processing should come together for the all round development of Karnataka fisheries and an action plan was needed for the same. It was informed to DG that ICAR-CIFRI is helping the Karnataka State fisheries department. DG stressed the importance of submitting our inputs in writing so that our contributions are recognized. While viewing the display of ornamental fishes of the centre the DG emphasized that the Honourable Prime Minister has specifically enquired about the role of ornamental fishes in the agricultural plan of the country.

The DG went around the laboratories of the Centres and interacted with scientists. He appreciated the work being done by the scientists and offered critical inputs and insights to each of the scientists. Following the laboratory visits, Dr.J.K.Jena, DDG(Fy.Sc) formally welcomed the DG to the Centers and spoke of the importance of the two centers in light of the rich biodiversity in the southern region, availability of many endemic fishes of food value, threatened status of the aquafauna due to anthropogenic activities and the conservation and propagation efforts being made at the centres. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI briefed overview of the activities of the centre and thanked the DG and DDG (Fy.Sc) for their visit. Dr. J. K. Sundaray, Director, ICAR-CIFA spoke about the need for becoming data-rich in terms of information about fish species, culture status and regional uniqueness so that an informed strategy can be planned for Karnataka.

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Kishan Ghosthi organised at Akaipur village, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal on 13-01-2017


ICAR-CIFRI organised a Kishan-Ghosthi on 13th January, 2017 at Akaipur Gram Panchayat for farmers of Akaipur and surrounding villages under Bangaon block of Norh 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The programme was planned under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) programme in collaboration with ICAR-National Aquatic Surveillance Programme on Aquatic Animal Diseases (NASPAD) and ICAR-National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA). More than sixty farmers of the five villages of Akaipur Panchayat adopted for MGMG programme participated in the ghosti. Smt. Minati Saha, Pradhan and Shri Subhas Saha Ex-Pradhan of Akaipur Gram Panchayat; Shri Mahadev Ghosh, Krishi Prajukti Sahayak (KPS) of the village were present on the occasion. From CIFRI Dr. B.P. Mohanty, HoD of FREM Division; Dr. U.K. Sarkar, HoD of REF Division; Dr. A.K. Das, Principal Scientist and In-Charge of Extension & Training Cell; Dr. S.K. Nag, Principal Scientist; Dr. B.K. Behara, Principal Scientist; Dr.Arun Pandit, Principal Scientist; Shri Raju Baitha, Scientist participated in the event. The main objectives of this ghosthi was i) to apprise the farmers about MGMG programme urging them to take maximum benefit out of it, ii) to sensitise the farmers about the potential and profitability of scientific composite fish culture, and apprising them about various fish diseases and their management, iii) to create awareness about climate change and its impact on agriculture in general and fishery in particular.


A village pond of about 0.25 ha was adopted for demonstration of composite fish culture to the farmers under MGMG programme. Water sample of the pond was tested for various physico-chemical parameters and advices were also given on the required water and soil quality for scientific fish production. Liming material was also distributed to the farmers.

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