Regional Centre ICAR-CIFRI organized awareness program on wetland management for up-liftment of Tribal people in Rewa, M.P.

Regional ICAR-CIFRI, Allahabad conducted awareness camp on 4thApril, 2017 at Kol tribe dominated area in Rewa district of M.P. under TSP. Fisheries activity in the wetland is managed by "Jaagaruk Machhua Sahkaari Samiti Maryadit -KhatakriKhurd" from the villages of KhatkariKhurd, Khatkari Kala, Soharba, Suti,NaiBasti etc. of Rewa district, M.P. ICAR-CIFRI was sensitized rural Kol tribals for livelihood improvement through integrated wetland management in the Loni wetland (129ha), a wetland with plenty of indigenous fishery resources. Dr Basanta Kumar Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore interacted with the leaders of the tribes and visited the wetlands. He motivated the Kol tribe to make the existing co-operative society in active mode for the enhancement of fish production from the wetland. The tribes were catching 50-100 kg fish per day and about 18-25 tons per annum with an leased value of Rs. 19530/. Interaction was further continued to involve 100 tribal people who have their livelihood from the wetlands to make it a culture based fisheries under tribal sub plan and income will enhanced two fold or more initially with ICAR-CIFRI regional centre intervention. Fishing nets were distributed among tribal fishers of the society by the Director. Many participants including Gram Pradhan, farmers and fishers attended the awareness programme and benefited from program. Director along with Dr R. S. Srivastava, Head, ICAR-CIFRI, Allahabad also interacted withother group members and informed them about the economic feasibility of wetland fisheries. Dr. B.P Mohanty, HOD, FREM Division, Dr.D.N.Jha, Dr A. Alam, Mr. S.C.S. Das, Mr. Jeetendra Kumar, and Mr. Venkatesh Scientists and the staffs of Allahabad Centrealso interacted with the tribal peoplefor increasing the fish production and economically benefiting in long run.