ICAR-CIFRI Celebrates National Fish Farmers’ Day on 10th July 2019
ICAR-CIFRI celebrated National fish farmers’ day like every year on 10 July 2019 at its Headquarter at Barrackpore.This day is celebrated to honour Prof. Hiralal Chaudhary for his great achievement of induced breeding technique. Prof. Chaudhary is regarded as the ‘father of induced breeding’ technique in the country for his path breaking research in this technology which is known as the torch bearer of the ‘first blue revolution’ in India. The event was inaugurated with ranching programme by releasing fingerlings of Indian Major Craps in River Ganga with the aim of sustaining and conserving biodiversity in the river. The event witnessed gathering of more than 100 fish farmers, entrepreneur and fish production groups from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. Eight farmers among them also received Best Fish Farmer Award by the Institute for their outstanding contribution in inland fisheries development of the country. Sri Bamkim Hazra, Honourable MLA, Sagar Island, Dr. V. V. Sugunan, Former AGD (In Fy), ICAR, Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee, Additional Director (Technical), Govt. of West Bengal, and Dr. B. C. Jha, Former HoD, RWF Division, ICAR-CIFRI graced the occasion. Sri Bankim Hazra elaborated the activities of CIFRI and praised the Director and CIFRI staff members for the initiatives taken by the Institute to serve remotest corners of the country. Dr. V. V. Sugunan emphasized on the prospects and challenges of inland fishery sector and the role played by the Institute to achieve food and nutritional security. Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee highlighted on the importance of conservation of fish biodiversity and species diversification in future. More than 150 farmers from Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, Telangana, Jharkhand participated in the programme. Eight fish farmers from five different states were conferred “Best Fish Farmers’ Award” by the institute. The event was followed by Fisher-Scientist interactive session in which the experts discussed the potentials and problems of inland fishery sectors and how to mitigate these challenges in the present context.