Technology driven knowledge up-gradation for tribal farmers of Maldah, West Bengal under TSP Programme
A 5-days training programme for the tribal fish farmers from Maldah district, West Bengal under TSP has been inaugurated by Dr. B.K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore on 7th Nov, 2019 at ICAR-CIFRI Head Quarter, Barrackpore. A total of 25 tribal fish farmers of which 23 were women participated in this training programme. Dr. B.K Das, While welcoming the farmers, Dr B. K. Das emphasized on the importance of inland fisheries management to secure their life & livelihood. The training modules covered with on-field exposure visits, field demonstrations including in-house interactions with the scientists of ICAR-CIFRI. The interactive sessions involved the present aspects of inland open water fisheries and problems faced by the local fishers with avenues for the tribal farmers of Maldah district, where numbers of floodplain wetlands, canals, rivulets and rivers coexist. Besides, there are perennial and seasonal water bodies where fisheries enhancement could be made following sustainable management practices prioritising stock enhancement program mostly. Importance of small indigenous fish species in eradicating mal nutrition in rural Bengal has been well illustrated to them and protocols of enhancing these species in inland waters has been well demonstrated. Ornamental fish species including their propagation have been disseminated to them with practical on-field demonstration. Enclosure culture like pen, has been elaborated with practical utility in beels of their areas.