Empowering SC community of remote Sundarvans through hands - on - training.
Capacity building and knowledge strengthening through hands-on-training to the SC communities of remote islands of Sundarvans under SC-SP program on Ornamental Fish Culture practices was demonstrated by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore during 7-8 Feb, 2020 at Amtoli and Kachukhali with active participation of 100 fishers’ folk pre-dominated by women. Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his inaugural address urged the fishers to come forward to these noble activities which not only will empower them in earning additional livelihood but also make them stress free in their day to day life. Interacting and sensitizing the scheduled caste communities with the importance of ornamental fish culture as an alternative livelihood for strengthening rural economy and making this culture system sustainable would go a long way in developing network in this sector in a more modest way – Dr Das emphasized. Distribution of ornamental fish culture accessories like - FRP tanks, pumps, aerators, nets, cover nets, chemicals, aerator stones including fish seeds and feeds was made to the 70 beneficiaries in two remote islands making them into three clusters coupled with imparting i) live demonstration ii) hands-on-training in their homestead ground as to how to utilize these accessories iii) how to overcome untoward situations with respect to water quality deterioration or stocked fish health if any. Besides disseminating knowledge support in ornamental fish culture practices, they were also imbibed as to develop market strategies to sell out their products satisfying local needs and to develop networks beyond Sundarvans. The training was coordinated by Dr. A.K. Das, In-charge, Extension & Training Cell well supported by SC-SP Team-CIFRI comprising Mr. Mitesh Ramteke, Scientist and Ms. Sangita Chakraborty, Technical Assistant under the able guidance of Dr. B.K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI.