Exposure-cum-training programme on Wetland Fisheries Development and Management
for fish farmers of Rulhi, Majharia, Sirsa and Kararia mauns of East Champaran, Bihar
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute is organizing a five-day long NFDB sponsored
Exposure-cum-training programme on Wetland Fisheries Development and Management for fish
farmers of Rulhi, Majharia, Sirsa and Kararia mauns of East Champaran district in Bihar during
27 th April -1 st May, 2019. The exposure-cum-training programme was inaugurated today at
ICAR-CIFRI Barrackpore. The programme was organized under the guidance of Dr. B. K. Das,
Director, ICAR-CIFRI (Convener). Dr. M. A. Hassan, Co-convener welcomed the gathering and
briefed about the programme and also about the NFDB sponsored wetland development project
being run at five mauns in Motihari region of East Champaran district of Bihar. He briefed about
the culture based fisheries in mauns of Bihar and the project initiatives leading to substantial
increase in production and doubling the fishers’ income and also contributing to more livelihood
opportunities and employment generation. Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist and In charge,
Extension & Training cell, ICAR-CIFRI, advocated the fishers to save a small fraction of their
enhanced income so that they can invest in future and continue fish production as of now and
even after the tenure of the project and financial support by NFDB through ICAR-CIFRI is over.
In the inaugural session, Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI interacted with the participating
maun fishers and congratulated them on their achievements in increasing production and
doubling their income from mauns. To the queries of fishers on disease management in wetlands,
he advised them to reduce the pressure of standing stock by harvesting fishes of above 1.5 kg
during the disease outbreak prone period, i.e. October-November and advocated to avoid use of
antibiotics as it is an open-water ecosystem. The fishers in their interaction session thanked
ICAR-CIFRI and NFDB for all the support, technological interventions and knowledge they
received through the projects and training programmes. The inaugural programme was followed
by technical sessions.
Thirty six fishers of Rulhi, Majharia, Sirsa and Kararia mauns are participating in this exposure-
cum-training programme. The programme is coordinated by Mr. G. Chandra and Dr. Sajina A.
M. and co-coordinated by Ms. S. Kumari, Dr. R. Baitha, Mr. Mishal, P, Ms. G. Karnatak, Dr.
Lianthuamluaia and Mr. H. S. Swain.