ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) celebrated its 69th Foundation Day at CIFRI, Head Quarter on 17th March, 2015. The celebration began with floral tribute to Late Prof. Hiralal Chowdhury, the Father of fish breeding, who developed Induced Breeding Technique in CIFRI. The function was attended by a number of past and present CIFRI scientists, scholars, staff members, faculty members of various universities and national institutes. The occasion was marked with the organization of a capacity building program on imact and adaptation of climate change on inland fisheries, in which various faculty members, scientists, extension workers and research scholars from different Institutes and Universities participated. Director, CIFRI welcomed the guests and requested the CIFRI scientists to add momentum to the ongoing research programmes with focus on field oriented research and development programs.
The tribal area of Chandan Chouki, in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh, is largely adopting fish culture on scientific methods and heading towards blue revolution. Though, the region is known for its rich sugarcane and paddy crops, but availability of number of ponds indicate ample opportunities for fish production too. The tribal belt is spread over 300 km2 and located in close vicinity of Dudhwa National Park. The area is inhabited by 99 % tharu population, spreads in about 40 hamlets and 15 Gramsabha's. The tribal area is blessed with plenty of water resources including about 90 ponds of different sizes (0.08 -1.5 ha), rivers, tributaries and wetlands. Besides fish farming, most of the tribals are also engaged in fishing activities in the nearby rivers and connected wetlands. Tharu's are fond of non-vegetarian food, but local produce are insufficient to fulfill the demands. Realizing the above facts, Allahabad Regional Centre of ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) selected the area under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) and conducted multiple fisheries development activities in the region, since 2011-12.