Training programme on ‘Productivity enhancement and extra income generation for rubber growers through fisheries’ organized for farmers of Meghalaya on 18.07.18.
A training programme on ‘Productivity enhancement and extra income generation for rubber
growers through fisheries’ was organized by the Rubber Board Regional Office (RB RO), Guwahati in
collaboration with ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati for farmers of Ri-Bhoi district, Meghalaya at
Conservation Training Institute (CTI), Byrnihat, Meghalaya on 18.07.18. Majority of the rubber
growers of Ri-Bhoi district, Meghalaya have waterbodies (i.e., various sizes of ponds) that are not
properly utilized for pisciculture. The main objective of this one-day training programme was to train
a group of such farmers to take up fish culture in those waterbodies in a scientific manner. Shri K.
Suresh Babu, Development Officer, RB RO, Guwahati welcomed the guests, invitees and participants.
The training programme was inaugurated by the Joint Director of CTI, Shri D. Shallam in the presence
of other staff of RB RO, Guwahati (Shri S. Balakrishna, Development Officer and Ms. Nandini
Gautam, Field Officer) and scientists of ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati (Dr. Dipesh Debnath
and Mrs. Niti Sharma). In his inaugural address, the Joint Director of CTI urged the farmers to take
utmost benefit of the training programme so that their available water resources could be properly
utilized for earning additional income.
In the technical session, Dr. Debnath explained the basic principles and practices of pisciculture and
interacted with the farmers on various aspects of aquaculture. Mrs. Sharma elaborated on seed
production and nursery rearing of fish seed in a lucid manner. Scientists of ICAR-CIFRI also explained
the prospects of pen and cage aquaculture in larger waterbodies. Shri Balakrishna explained rubber
cultivation in brief. A total of 20 farmers participated in the training programme and raised queries
related to pisciculture. Ms. Nandini Gautam expressed her gratitude towards the Director, ICAR-
CIFRI, Dr. B.K. Das and the Head, ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati, Dr. B.K. Bhattacharjya for
permitting two fisheries scientists as a resource persons for discussing various aspects of fisheries
and aquaculture with the rubber growers of Ri-Bhoi district, Meghalaya.