NFDB Sponsored Skill Development Programme at CIFRI Kochi Centre
CIFRI Kochi Centre organized NFDB sponsored Skill Development Programme on ‘Inland Fisheries Management for Livelihood Improvement’ from December 10th to 12th 2019 at ATIC Hall, CMFRI campus for amateur fresh water fish farmers for developing their skills in augmenting fish production and to enhance their livelihood income. The programme was attended by 50 fishers from various sections in fresh water fish production such as land based fish producers, small scale fishers, ornamental fish culturists and entrepreneurs. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. V. Kripa, Principal Scientist & HOD (Fishery Environment and Management Division), ICAR-CMFRI in the forenoon of 10th December 2019. She emphasized the need for diversification in inland fisheries by including freshwater pearl culture techniques and zero discharge aquaculture techniques for augmenting fish production. She emphasized the need for a climate resilient aquaculture practice in the aftermath of 2018-19 floods that affected Kerala. Dr. Deepa Sudheesan, Officer-in-Charge, CIFRI Kochi Centre informed the fishers that CIFRI offers innovative technologies for enhancing fish production and income generation from inland waters of Kerala. Shri Usha Unnithan, Senior Technical Officer, ICAR-CIFRI delivered the vote of thanks. The programme included sessions on CIFRI technologies involving pen and cage culture systems, land based fish production systems, government sponsored schemes and subsidies and financial assistances from banks.
Dr. Deepa Sudheesan and Dr. Thankam Theresa Paul took sessions on CIFRI technologies and land based fish production systems respectively and stressed on various techniques and technologies for enhancing inland fish production. The fishers were given a chance to have a field level demonstration of cages at Varappuzha and aquaponics at Cherai village in Ernakulam district. Fishers were provided adequate training in various modern technologies and they have responded positively to adopt technology that is suitable for them. The programme was supported by Mr. S. Manoharan, Chief Technical Officer, Mrs. Usha Unnithan, Senior Technical Officer and supporting staffs.