A training programme was conducted for the farmers of Saran District, Bihar on Inland Fisheries Management during 22-28th August, 2016. The training was inaugurated by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, CIFRI on 22nd August, 2016. During inauguration programme, Dr. Das, Director, CIFRI gave an overview on the management measures for inland fisheries resources. After need assessment the training curriculum was designed and classroom as well as field level demonstrations were organized. They were exposed to pen culture in Akaipur Beel, North 24 Pagana and Kalyani farm of ICAR- CIFA. An exposure visit to ornamental fish market as well as waste water fisheries in East Kolkata wetlands was also organized by ICAR-CIFRI.
The module was also aimed to increase the capacity of the farmers on inland fisheries production. The valedictory programme was presided over by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, CIFRI and he requested the farmers to implement the skill they developed during this training. Dr. B.K Das also emphasized to strengthen the fishermen cooperative societies in that district to develop Chaur fisheries on collective basis.
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore organized one day Awareness Program on 'Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance' at Meen Bhawan, Contai in East Medinipur district of West Bengal on 25th August 2016 under NFDB sponsored 'National Surveillance Program for Aquatic animal Diseases Project'. Dr. B. K. Behera, Principal Investigator of the project welcomed all the participants. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his inaugural address emphasized on the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Shrimp farming. He said that good quality fish and shrimp seed along with good water quality management and good quality shrimp and fish feed is very important for preventing the disease occurrence.
Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, Fisheries Resource and Environmental Management Division, ICAR-CIFRI highlighted the nutritional significance of fish and shrimp in human health. Shri Ramkrishna Sardar, Assistant Director (Marine Fisheries) of East Medinipur, Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal in his address opined that, Shrimp culture has become a profitable farming option for fishers of East Medinipur district, however there is an urgent need for sustainable shrimp aquaculture in the region.