CIFRI celebrated 86th Foundation Day of ICAR on 16th July, 2014 along with National Fish Farmers Day.
Sri Chandranath Sinha, Minister in Charge, Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic resources and fishery Harbor, Government of West Bengal graced the occasion as chief guest. Dr. Pradeep Majumder, Advisor (Agriculture) to Chief Minister, West Bengal; Prof. C.S Chakrobarty,Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata ; Swami Aghor Atma Nanda Jee, In-charge, Shibananda Dham, Barasat ; Smt. Malabika Jha, IAS, Director, Dept. of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal also graced the occasion as Guests of Honour.
Around 60 farmers from different states of India participated in the programme. Moreover, former scientists were also present. An interaction meeting on 'Mitigation of rainfall deficit in Eastern States' was organized in the morning with the farmers. A meaningful interface with the fishers and fish farmers and scientists was held. Some farmers from Bihar, Jharkhand shared their views and experiences regarding shortfall of rain. The scientists rendered technical advice to the farmers to cope up with the prevailing problem of lack of sufficient availability of water in ponds, beels and reservoirs.