Twenty one farmers of Alipurduar, West Bengal of which four were tribal farmers, were trained at ICAR-
CIFRI, Head Quarter, Barrackpore for their skill development sponsored by ATMA, during 31 March- 03
April, 2018. Inaugurating the 4-days training program on Inland Fisheries Management and Development
by Dr. B.K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI on 31 March, 2018, invoked the importance of skill development of
the farmers on various aspects of inland fisheries management for securing their livelihood besides
developing nutri-smart villages through aquaculture and fisheries. In Kumargram Block, Alipurduar, with a
sizeable nubres of populations, there are perennial and seasonal water bodies, where ample scope of
livelihood improvement persists through development of fisheries and aquaculture. Such training
program, targets to develop the knowledge, skill and attitude of the farmers towards inland fisheries
management. The programme was further oriented encompassing the practical skill of the farmers for
enhancing the fish production in open waters viz., mauns, chaurs, ponds & tanks etc. through field
practicals, field exposure visits, demonstrations and class room sessions. Dr. B. K. Das, in his valedictory
address urged the farmers to apply the knowledge gained during training program in the respective fields
so as to make the wise-use of such training fruitfully. The training programme was well coordinated by Dr.
A.K Das, I/C E & T Cell.