World Fisheries Day celebrated at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore to sensitize fishers on livelihood and nutritional security

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared 21 st November as the World Fisheries Day. On this purpose, the ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute celebrated the World Fisheries day on November 20, 2018. To make this day memorable the institute arranged for two events on the day; “Ranching programme at Ganga river and conservation of fish biodiversity” and “Nutrition and livelihood security of fishermen by Small Indigenous Fish (SIF) culture and conservation”. Shri Pradeep Bagela ji, Vice Chairman of Nehru Yuva Kendra, Shri Navin Nayek ji, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra, and Ms. Madhabi Agarwal, Governing Body Member, Nehru Yuva Kendra were present as special guests for the programme. The day started with ranching programme under the “Namami Gange” project of the Government of India in which The honourable director of the institute, Dr. B .K. Das released 1.5 lakhs of fish seeds of Indian major carp in the Ganga river. After this, the main programme was inaugurated in the institute auditorium by the director of the institute and the guests of honour. The programme was aimed at building awareness among the fishermen. A interaction session was arranged in which the director of the institute and the special guests of the event interacted with the fishermen about fish conservation and nutritional value of SIFs. Shri Pradip Bagela inspired the fishermen and rural youth, present in the programme to take up farming as entrepreneurial activity in the coming days. Hapas were distributed among the fisherwomen of Sundarbans to promote SIF culture and conservation for nutritional security. The institute also arranged for special discussion session on the occasion of “Cooperative Week” which started from 14 th November. On this event the fishermen from the “Akaipur Darbasini Fishermen’s Society” and “Hingalgunj Agricultural society” were present and shared their experiences regarding the importance of cooperatives on fisheries. The day witnessed the presence of around 130 fishermen from Sunderban, North 24 Paraganas, Hawrah and Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. Parallelly, NFDB sponsored Skill Development Programme for fishermen and training for rural youth in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra are also taking place in the institute. The institute took a special step toward Government of India’s initiative on “Doubling Farmers’ Income” through celebration of this event.





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