Training programme on ‘Pen aquaculture technology in floodplain wetlands of
Manipur’ organized by ICAR-CIFRI in Loktak lake on Feb. 19, 2019
An on-field training programme on ‘Pen aquaculture technology in floodplain wetlands of Manipur’
was conducted by ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata in
collaboration with Directorate of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Manipur at Sendra,
Loktak, Bishnupur district on Feb. 19, 2019. The purpose of the training programme was to train fishers
on various aspect of pen aquaculture technology that has immense potential for improving income and
livelihoods of thousands of wetland fishers residing around Loktak. A total of 50 fishers participated in
the training programme. It is worth mentioning here that Manipur has 30,171 ha of natural lakes and
floodplain wetlands that are largely unexploited and have high potential for increasing fish production
through enclosure culture technologies. ICAR-CIFRI as knowledge partner and Department of
Fisheries, Govt. of Manipur as implementing partner are making collaborative efforts for sustainable
utilization of inland fisheries resources in the State of Manipur.
A team of scientists from ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore and Guwahati comprising of Dr. B.K.
Das, Director; Dr. A.K. Das, Principal Scientist & I/c Training-Extension Cell, Dr. Sona Yengkokpam
and Dr. Dipesh Debnath, Scientists, in presence of Shri Khamsing Ahum, Additional Director and Shri
Shyamananda Singh, District Fishery Officer-Bishnupur, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Manipur
discussed in detail about pen aquaculture technology with the fishers. The programme was attended by
Shri Kumar Singh, President & Shri Sanayaima, Secretary of Net Fishing Co-operative Society, Takmu
and Shri Surachandra Singh, a National Fish Farmer Awardee from Manipur.
Dr. B.K. Das while addressing the participants said that his Institute is ready to provide
technical knowhow on enclosure fish culture technologies for the benefit of wetland fishers of Manipur.
He mentioned that under the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS), ICAR-CIFRI has
collaborated with Dept. of Fisheries, Manipur to implement pen aquaculture at Takmu pat of Loktak
lake with the main objective of enhancing income through culturing fish in such enclosures installed in
the lake. He urged the fishers to join hands with ICAR-CIFRI in successfully implementing the project,
so that benefits accrued are shared by the fishers themselves. However, he emphasized that after one
year of the project, fishers have to continue with pen aquaculture using their own savings.
Dr. A.K. Das requested all the fisher participants to take full advantage of pen aquaculture
technology which can be adopted in parts of Loktak lake for producing higher quantities of fish per unit
water area. Shri Khamsing Ahum and Shyamananda Singh have encouraged the participants to actively
participate in the discussion so as to gather scientific knowledge about fish culture in pens from the
scientists of ICAR-CIFRI.
Dr. Sona Yengkokpam discussed about the technical aspects of enclosure fish culture including
pen installation, macrophyte clearance, which species to stock and how many to stock per unit area. She
emphasized that pens are a low-cost technology and if practiced following scientific guidelines can
improve income of the fishers. Dr. Dipesh Debnath, Shri N. Dorendro Singh and Shri T. Victor Anal
discussed about post-stocking care of fish in pen enclosures. Shri Surachandra Singh shared his
personal experience about fish farming.
In the valedictory session, Dr. Sona Yengkokpam, after distributing certificates thanked the
Director ICAR-CIFRI Dr. B.K. Das; Dr. A.K. Das; Dr. D. Debnath; Sponsoring agency NMHS-
Almora; Principal Investigator of the project Dr. B.K. Bhattacharjya, Director of Fisheries Mrs.
Bidyarani Ayekpam, Additional Director Shri Khamsing Ahum, District Fishery Officer (and Nodal
Officer – NMHS project in Manipur), other fisheries officials, media and the valuable fisher
participants for interacting, sharing and making this training a meaningful one.