ICAR-CIFRI conducted a Skill Development Programme on ‘Wetland fisheries
management’ in collaboration with Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur at Imphal
A skill development programme (SDP) on ‘Wetland fisheries management of Manipur for
livelihood improvement’ was organized by ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati in
collaboration with Directorate of Fisheries, Govt. of Manipur (GoM), Imphal West during
Feb. 10-12, 2020. The training programme was attended by 50 fishers nominated by the
Department of Fisheries, Manipur. Important aspects of wetland (pats) fisheries viz. Fisheries
of Manipur, need for conservation and sustainable utilization of pats, enclosure culture
technologies (i.e., pen and cage culture) for pat fisheries enhancement, fish feed and nutrition,
fish health management, soil and water quality management, fisheries legislations, etc. were
discussed during the SDP. A field visit to Loktak and Takmu pat where pen and cage culture
demonstrations are carried out was also conducted on 11/02/20 for practical exposure.
The valedictory session was graced by Shri G. Aguilung Kabui, Joint Director, Directorate of
Fisheries, GoM; Shri N. Hemchandra, DFO, Churachandpur district, GoM and Dr B. K.
Bhattacharjya, Principal Scientist & Head of Centre, ICAR-CIFRI, Guwahati. Dr. S.
Yengkokpam, Sr. Scientist & Coordinator of the programme, welcomed the dignitaries,
Scientists, staff of Department of Fisheries and participants. She thanked the Director of
ICAR-CIFRI, Dr. B.K. Das and Director of Fisheries, GoM, Mr. N. Gojendro for making it
possible for conducting the programme. Mr. S.C.S. Das, Scientist & Convenor presented a
brief report on the SDP. Shri N. Hemchandra encouraged the fishers to carry out fish farming
using scientific techniques imparted to them through this programme. Shri G. Aguilung
Kabui pointed out that training is a very important step in fish farming. Since Manipur is a
fish-loving state, all stakeholders should work cohesively for increasing the fish production in
the state. Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya thanked the Department of Fisheries, Manipur for their
help extended to CIFRI. He urged the trainees to utilize the knowledge gained in improving
production and productivity of the water resources of the state. Shri A. Momo Singh, Fishery
Inspector & Co-convenor of the SDP delivered the vote of thanks. The programme was
anchored by Ms. Sarina Huidrom, Fishery Inspector.