ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research institute organized three days off campus training programme on "Management of Wetland (maun) Fisheries" at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Piprakothi,Motihari for maun fishers of East Champaran district from 6-8 August 2017 under NFDB sponsored project Fisheries development in four wetlands of East Champaran district of Bihar.
Honourable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh ji was the chief guest of valedictory session.Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore welcomed honourable minister and briefed
him about the NFDB sponsored project and training programme. He emphasized that this training programme in four wetlands namely Kararia, Rulhi, Majharia and Sirsa will help in augmenting fish production in these natural water bodies.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Honurable Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Government of India in his speech said that a large number of fishers livelihood depends on the fisheries in 4 lakhs hectare wetlands in eastern and north eastern part of India, This project for development of four selected wetlands of East Champaran district of Bihar under central sector scheme on Blue revolution will double the production of these wetlands and help in doubling the income of wetland fishers. Six hundred and fifty fishers family will be benefitted from this project. He said that under this project, cage culture, pen culture will be installed and advance size fingerlings will be produced at the maun site for stocking in the maun.
78 fishers of Majharia and Sirsa maun participated in the training programme and got hands on training on different aspects of wetland fisheries management and development. This training programme was coordinated by team of scientists comprising of Ganesh Chandra, Suman Kumari, Raju Baitha and Himanshu Shekhar Swain.
Participation certificates to the participating trainees were distributed by Honourable Minister. Shri Shia Sharan Singh, District Fisheries Officer, Motihari, Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh, In-Chrge Programme Coordinator of KVK Piprakothi, Shri Ravindra Sahani, Mukhia (Gram Pradhan) of local Panchayat were present on this occasion.
Under Central sector Scheme of Blue revolution four projects namely "Fisheries Development in Rulhi wetland of Bihar through stakeholders participatory management model", "Fisheries development in Sirsa wetland of Bihar through in-situ fish seed rearing and fisheries enhancement technique for tapping fish production potential", " Fisheries development in Kararia wetland in Bihar through empowerment of communities and stakeholders participation for capacity building and improved livelihood", and "Fisheries development in Majharia maun of Bihar through refinement of site specific fisheries enhancement technology" was sanctioned by National Fisheries Development board as innovative projects.