Knowledge empowerment of Darbhanga fishers of Bihar on Inland Fisheries Management for livelihood support and doubling income
ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore conducted a 7 days training programme on “Fisheries management in Inland Waters for livelihood support and doubling income” from 3-9th January 2020 as a part of knowledge empowerment and capacity building for fishers of Darbhanga, Bihar. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in the presence of the Head of the Divisions. A total of 30 fishers from different blocks have participated. In his inaugural speech Dr. B.K. Das stressed on the need and skill development of the fishers on various aspects of Inland Fisheries management to ensure better livelihood opportunities to them for nutritional security and enhanced income. The training schedule was made in a way to expose them to theoretical as well as practical knowledge along with field visits. The topics covered by different scientists included the variety of aspects of inland fisheries management, like soil and water quality management, natural fish food organisms, feed management, ornamental fish farming, breeding aspects of fishes, nutritional aspects, fish health management, wetland fisheries management, cage and pen culture techniques, economic aspects of different fish culture activities, fish marketing etc. The activities and functions of the Institute Re-Circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS) and ornamental hatchery units were also explained to the participants in a detailed manner. They visited ICAR-CIFA Kalyani fish farms, Khamargachi private fish farm , East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), Galiff Street ornamental fish market etc as a part of the field visit programme. Besides the theoretical classes’ hands-on practical sessions was also arranged to make them aware of the water parameters, fish feed preparation using locally available feed ingredients etc. They were provided with a training manual in simple Hindi language to retain and spread the knowledge acquired during this training programme.
The valedictory session was chaired by the Director, CIFRI, Barrackpore, along with Dr. A.K. Das , Principal Scientist and In-charge Extension and Training Cell. The Director encouraged the participants to spread the knowledge gained by them in the training to others and to keep in touch with the Institute for any kind of difficulties during fish culture practices by them. The overall training programme was co-ordinated by Dr. A.K. Das and Dr. Mishal P.