Regional Consultation on “Open water fisheries development in NE region” organized by ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI), Barrackpore at Guwahati on 29.04.17

Last Updated on 01.05.2017



Guwahati, 29.04.2017: The ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR- CIFRI), Barrackpore organized a Regional Consultation on “Open water fisheries development in NE region” at Guwahati on 29.04.2017. A total of 40 delegates including Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore; Director of Fisheries from Assam, Manipur and Mizoram; Dean, College of Fisheries (CAU), Lembuchera; Prof. K. K. Saharia, GB Member of ICAR; Dr. J. Chauhan, National Convener for Extension Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Govt. of India; Dr. S. K. Das, Principal Scientist & Head, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya; Mr. P. K. Hazarika, Technical Manager, AFDC Ltd., Guwahati; officials from fisheries departments of NE states, teacher from College of Fisheries (AAU), Raha; officials from National Fisheries Development Board Regional Centre, Guwahati and Scientists/ researchers from ICAR-CIFRI participated in the Regional consultation.

The programme started with the lighting of lamp. Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya, Head, ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati welcomed the participants and sought inputs from the delegates on the Roadmap for open water fisheries development in NE region prepared by the Institute before publishing it. In his inaugural address, Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI pointed out that the ICAR-CIFRI Regional Guwahati Centre is the only research centre of the Fisheries Division of ICAR. He emphasized on the need for developing open water fisheries in the region and assured providing research support to the state fisheries department. He explained the background and purpose of the Regional Consultation and stressed on the need to prepare an effective roadmap for developing openwater fisheries of the region through stakeholder consultation.


In his inaugural address, Sjt. Parimal Suklabaidya, Hon’ble Minister Fisheries, Assam stressed on the need for making the NE region self-sufficient in fish production by utilizing all available fisheries resources. He urged all the state fisheries departments of the region to work unitedly with the common goal of achieving self-sufficiency in fish production through concerted efforts of all R&D agencies. He also highlighted the recent initiatives of the Government of Assam to bring about blue revolution in the state through the ‘Ponds for all – fish for all’ scheme launched by Govt. of Assam.


Dr. P. K. Pandey, Dean, College of Fisheries (CAU), Lembucherra emphasized the need for increasing fish production from the region in a sustainable manner. Prof. K. K. Saharia, GB Member of ICAR and Dr. J. Chauhan, National Convener for Extension Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Govt. of India commended the effort of the Institute and expressed the hope that the exercise will help in developing the fisheries sector of the region. The Directors of Fisheries, Govt. of Assam, Mizoram and Manipur also addressed the gathering and thanked ICAR-CIFRI for initiating the exercise.

The technical session was chaired by Dr. B. K. Das and co-chaired by Dr. P. K. Pandey. Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya and other scientists from the centre presented the proposed the state-specific road maps for open water fisheries development in the region. The updated data showed that the total fish production of the NE region stood at 4,23,749 metric ton (mt) during 2015-16 (Assam: 2,97,000 mt, Tripura: 68,331 mt, Manipur: 32,000 mt, Nagaland: 8,220 mt, Mizoram: 6,828 mt, Meghalaya: 6,560 mt, Arunachal Pradesh: 4,410 mt and Sikkim: 400 mt), which was 4% of the country’s total fish production and met 86% fish requirement of the region (present requirement estimated at 4,82,384 mt). More than 95% of the region’s population is fish eaters. Concerted efforts for fisheries and aquaculture development in the region were stressed to bridge the gap between fish production and demand. The presentation showed that the region has tremendous potential for enhancement of fish production from inland open waters. Fish production potential (t) of open water fisheries resources of the North east has been estimated at 139, 846 tonnes (14,142 t from rivers, 8,358 t from reservoirs, 117,346 t from floodplain wetlands, lakes and swamps). The delegates provided inputs and suggestions regarding state-specific road maps. The organizers agreed to revise the roadmap in the light of discussions in the technical session. The session concluded with the remarks from the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the session and a vote of thanks from the Convener of the Regional Consultation.




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Meeting on Open water fisheries development

Meeting on Open water fisheries development

Meeting on Open water fisheries development

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