Capacity Building Programme on “Inland Fisheries Management” for Fishers of Mayurbhanj, Odisha.
ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Kolkata organized capacity building programme on “Inland Fisheries Management” for fish farmers of Mayurbhanj district odisha from 12-16 March 2020. 30 fishers (14 women and 16 men) and 4 fisheries officials of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha participated in this programme. The programme was sponsored by ATMA, Government of Odisha.
The training programme was carried out to strengthen the theoretical knowledge and practical skill of the fishers for inland fisheries management through practical, demonstrations and class room sessions with the involvement of various resource personnel having expertise in inland fisheries management from ICAR-CIFRI. The training cover different aspects of open water fisheries management including reservoir and wetland fisheries, species selection, seed and table fish production in cage and pen, fish feed preparation, financial management, seed raising in nursery pond, water and soil parameters management etc. The trainees were also exposed to recirculatory aquaculture system and ornamental fish hatchery unit of the institute. Study tour of Beledanga wetland was organized for practical demonstration of pen culture and to East Kolkata wetland for sewage based fisheries.
In the valedictory session, Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI emphasized on the urgent need of enhancing fish production and increase income of fishers in aspirational district like Mayurbhanj. He stressed that the fishers should not only do table fish production but also chose fish seed production by growing fry to fingerlings stage. He appealed to the fishers of Mayurbhanj to share the knowledge gathered at this capacity building programme with other fishers of their village as well as other fishers of the district.
This programme is expected to increase the knowledge and skill of the fishers’ community for livelihood enhancement and increase in fish production in the district. The training was coordinated by Ganesh Chandra and H.S. Swain under the supervision of Dr. B.K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI.