ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore Celebrated its 74th Foundation day on 17th March 2020 at Institute headquarter, Barrackpore Kolkata.
In his welcome address, Dr. B. K. Das, Director CIFRI, Barrackpore congratulated all CIFRIans, Progressive fish farmers, fisheries industries, etc. who were part of the momentous 73 years journey of ICAR-CIFRI success story. The institute has played a pioneering role in ushering fisheries and aquaculture Revolution and subsequent developments in fisheries in India through its research and technology development that has enabled the country to increase the production of fish by 10 times, since 1950-51, thus making a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. Dr. Das, said that since its inception Institute has generated very useful inland fishery technologies on induced breeding and fish seed production; Composite fish culture; Fish seed prospecting and spawn collection in rivers; Reservoir and floodplain wetland fisheries management and in situ fish seed production in cage and pen.
Dr. U. K. Sarkar, HOD, reservoir and wetland fisheries division, in his address said that institute made it possible the successful breeding of major carps induced by injection of pituitary gland hormones under the leadership of Dr. Alikhuni and Dr. Hiralal Chowdhury, was an epoch making breakthrough in the annals of Indian inland fisheries research. The institute has also developed relevant guidelines for sustainable management of inland fisheries management.
Dr. Jivan Mitra, HOD, ICAR-CRIJAF, Nilganj in his address congratulated ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore on 74th Foundation day. He said CIFRI is supporting the society with through culture based fisheries in open water bodies.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena, Former President of Indian Science Congress Association and Guest of honour in his address congratulated officers and staffs of CIFRI for its 74th foundation day. He thanked the scientists for creating awareness among farmers for second green revolution and doubling farmers’ income through enhancing fish production.
Dr. (Smt) Vijayalakshmi Saxena, General President (Elected) of Indian Science Congress and Chief Guest of the function in her address congratulated Director and all the staff members of ICAR-CIFRI on this momentous occasion. She invited everyone to the 108th Indian Science Congress to be held at Pune during 3-7 January, 2021. She stressed that ranching efforts will pave the way for improved fish diversity in river Ganga.
On this occasion two publications namely “Eurihaline fishes of river Ganga” and Hindi magazine “Nilanjali” was released by the dignitaries.
Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist presented the vote of thanks. Progressive Fish farmers addressed the gathering about his achievement through the help of ICAR-CIFRI. 100 fish farmers who are attending skill development training programme also participated in the foundation day ceremony. The foundation day cake was cut by honourable dignitaries. The grand ceremony was culminated with ranching of 50000 advance fingerlings of Indian major carp seed in River Ganga by the honourable guests at Barrackpore ghat.