ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore celebrated world soil day on 5thDecember 2016. The main aim of the Soil Day campaign was to create awareness regarding importance of soil in our lives. The theme of World Soil Day 2016was "Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life".Shri. Madhusudan Ghosh, MLA, Noapara Constituency was the chief guest the function. He shared his experience of soil conservation and its importance in the life of rural people. He raised concern about the immense the use of pesticides in agriculture. Dr. B.K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI spoke about the status of soil health and raised issues of soil sustainability. He explained that soil is the foundation of food system which provides nutrition to the people.
Kisan Goshti was organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore at Saibana village under Ichapur- Neelgunj Gram Panchayat, 24 Parganas (N), West Bengal on 29 November, 2016. The programme was organized in collaboration with Department of Agriculture (DoAg), Govt. of West Bengal and Ichapur-Neelgunj Gram Panchayat. More than 200 farmers from 10 villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gourav (MGMG) by CIFRI took part in this programme out of which 30% were female including 15% tribal farmers. The purpose of the programme was to develop linkages with the farmers and DoAg, Dept. of Veterinary, Livestock & Animal Health including Fisheries. An interactive session was also organized to create awareness of climate change on overall production of Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal health including Fisheries. A pamphlet on "Climate change and its impact on fisheries" was distributed among the farmers.