ICAR-CIFRI organised a Kishan-Ghosthi on 13th January, 2017 at Akaipur Gram Panchayat for farmers of Akaipur and surrounding villages under Bangaon block of Norh 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The programme was planned under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav (MGMG) programme in collaboration with ICAR-National Aquatic Surveillance Programme on Aquatic Animal Diseases (NASPAD) and ICAR-National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA). More than sixty farmers of the five villages of Akaipur Panchayat adopted for MGMG programme participated in the ghosti. Smt. Minati Saha, Pradhan and Shri Subhas Saha Ex-Pradhan of Akaipur Gram Panchayat; Shri Mahadev Ghosh, Krishi Prajukti Sahayak (KPS) of the village were present on the occasion. From CIFRI Dr. B.P. Mohanty, HoD of FREM Division; Dr. U.K. Sarkar, HoD of REF Division; Dr. A.K. Das, Principal Scientist and In-Charge of Extension & Training Cell; Dr. S.K. Nag, Principal Scientist; Dr. B.K. Behara, Principal Scientist; Dr.Arun Pandit, Principal Scientist; Shri Raju Baitha, Scientist participated in the event. The main objectives of this ghosthi was i) to apprise the farmers about MGMG programme urging them to take maximum benefit out of it, ii) to sensitise the farmers about the potential and profitability of scientific composite fish culture, and apprising them about various fish diseases and their management, iii) to create awareness about climate change and its impact on agriculture in general and fishery in particular.
A village pond of about 0.25 ha was adopted for demonstration of composite fish culture to the farmers under MGMG programme. Water sample of the pond was tested for various physico-chemical parameters and advices were also given on the required water and soil quality for scientific fish production. Liming material was also distributed to the farmers.