NFDB sponsored Training of Trainers (ToT) programme on “Culture Based
Fisheries (CBF) for Improving Livelihood of Inland Fishers’’ inaugurated at ICAR-CIFRI
Inland fisheries sector plays a significant role with greater thrust on fisheries enhancement
through culture based fisheries in open waters, especially reservoirs and wetlands. During
the last few decades, CBF technology has been adopted by most of the Indian States, which
has led to manifold increase in the fish production; but there exists a wide gap between
potential and present production. In this connection, ICAR-CIFRI is organizing the NFDB
sponsored Training of Trainers (ToT) on “Culture Based Fisheries for Improving Livelihood of
Inland Fishers’’ during 08-12 October 2018. The objective of the training is to build capacity
of state fisheries department officials on important aspects of fisheries enhancement
including CBF, cage and pen culture technology, fish diversity conservation, biotic
communities, ecosystem and fish health management, nursery rearing of fish, species
diversification, nutrition and feeding management, governance and institutional arrangement
through teaching and field exposure. The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. B. K.
Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI on 08 th October 2018. In the inaugural address, he has
highlighted the status, potential and issues pertaining to culture based fisheries in India in
the context of doubling farmer’s income and livelihood security. He also urged the trainees to
gather knowledge and to disseminate the same to the stake holders. i.e.
farmers/fishers/entrepreneurs through skill development and various outreach programmes.
Dr. U. K. Sarkar, Co-ordinator and Head, RWF Division welcomed the participants to the
training programme and gave a brief outline of the programme, being attended by 20 officials
of Department of Fisheries (DoF) belonging to the States of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh,
Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka. Dr. V. R. Suresh, Head, REF Division and
Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division also addressed the trainees. The trainees will be
exposed to on-field demonstration on culture based fisheries besides in-house lectures on
various aspects of CBF. Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist and In-Charge, E&T Cell
proposed the formal vote of thanks. A training manual was released and distributed to the
participants during the occasion. The training programme is being co-ordinated by Dr. U. K.
Sarkar, Head, RWF Division, Dr. Suman Kumari, Mr. Mishal P., Mrs. Gunjan Karnatak & Mr.
H. S. Swain, Scientists, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore.