Capacity –building of tribal women Self Help Groups of Mayurbhanj District, Odisha on Inland Fisheries Management
A five days capacity –building cum sensitization programme on “Inland Fisheries Management” for the women Self Help Groups(SHGs) of Mayurbhanj district, Odisha was inaugurated by Dr. B.K Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI with the objective to up-scale knowledge, skill and attitude of the rural tribal women towards inland fisheries management for improving their livelihood. Mayurbhanj District of Odisha has lots of inland water bodies including reservoirs, GP tanks and canals and dominated by the tribal populace. Scientific fish culture and conservation in these water resources can generate income and employment of the tribal fishers of this district. Government of Odisha is also in the mission of empowering the rural women through SHGs under Mission ‘Shakti’. WorldFish centre has assigned the development of the GP Tanks through scientific pisciculture . ICAR-CIFRI has joined hands with Govt of Odisha to build the capacity of the rural women in inland fisheries management for supporting the livelihood improvement of the weaker section of the society. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his inaugural address emphasized on the importance of the skill development of the fishers and farmers on various aspects of inland fisheries management to secure their life and livelihood. The programme is further targeted to strengthen the practical skill of the farmers for enhancing the fish production in open waters viz., reservoirs, canals, community tanks etc. through learning by doing, field practical, field exposure visits, demonstrations and class room sessions. A total of 31 fishers including 25 tribal fisher-women of different SHG groups participated in the training programme. The programme is coordinated by Dr. Aparna Roy and Dr. P.K Parida Scientists, ICAR-CIFRI.