Matsya Samriddhi Mela and 73 rd Foundation Day of ICAR-CIFRI
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore Celebrated its 73 rd Foundation
day with organizing Matsya Samriddhi Mela on 17 th March 2019. The grand ceremony was
inaugurated with ranching of 30000 advance fingerlings of Indian major carp seed in River
Ganga by the honourable guests at Barrackpore ghat.
The foundation day cake was cut by the Director CIFRI and honourable guests at the knowledge
point. In his welcome address, Dr. B. K. Das, Director CIFRI, Barrackpore congratulated all
CIFRIans, Progressive fish farmers, fisheries industries, etc. who were part of the momentous 72
years journey of ICAR-CIFRI success story. The Director, ICAR-CIFRI briefed about the the
achievement and continuing efforts towards second green revolution.
Dr. Vijayalakshmi Saksena, General President (Elected) of Indian Science Congress and Chief
Guest of the function in her address congratulated Director and all the staff members of ICAR-
CIFRI on this momentous occasion. She stressed that ranching efforts in will pave the way for
improved fish diversity in river Ganga.
Dr. N. Saha, Vice Chancellor, Burdwan University and Guest of honour in his address
congratulated ICAR-CIFRI for organizing Matsya samriddhi Mela on a large scale with
participation of more than 2500 farmers.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Saksena, Former General President of Indian Science Congress and Guest of
honour in his address congratulated CIFRI for organizing this Mela on such a large scale and
creating awareness among farmers for second green revolution.
Dr. Subrata Mndal, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Kolkata in his address complimented
CIFRI and extended NABARD support for various programmes.
Shri Navin Nayak, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra, West Bengal and A & N Islands informed the
gathering that 800 youths has been trained by ICAR-CIFRI in 2018-19. He said that next year
NYK will send 1000 youths for this training programme.
Shri Bablu Majumdar, Awardee Fish farmers addressed the gathering about his achievement
through the help of ICAR-CIFRI. He informed the gathering that at present many fishers are
getting field training at his farm.
Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, FREM division presented the vote of thanks.
The Fisheries Exhibition was inaugurated by the galaxy of guests. Number of exhibition stall has
been installed encompassing live fish, Hilsa life story, ornamental fish unit, feed companies, fish
health units etc showing their products to fish farmers. As a part of Mela, Farmers scientists
interaction session, Industry interface meet, Women fishers session were organized where
various progressive fish farmers informed about their achievement.
Around 2000 farmers including 100 progressive fish farmers, 300 students of different
universities, 200 youths, entrepreneurs, fish traders, fish processors, SHGs, ornamental fish
growers and hatchery owners have participated in the event.
CIFRI, since its inception has generated very useful inland fishery technologies on induced
breeding and fish seed production; Composite fish culture; Fish seed prospecting and spawn
collection in rivers; Reservoir and floodplain wetland fisheries management and In situ fish seed
production in cage and pen. The institute has also developed relevant guidelines for sustainable
management of inland fisheries management.
Dr. V.G Jhingran, the then Director created history in the Annals of Fishery Sciences by
receiving Padma Shri Award on the Republic Day of 1977 for his outstanding contribution in
the field of inland fisheries. The P & T Department, Government of India, released a special
postage stamp of 5 paise denomination on 26 th November, 1979 in the fitness of things and as a
token of recognition of the pioneering work of CIFRI in the field of aquaculture.