Post Amphan support to the affected fishers of Chamardaha wetland, West Bengal for livelihood enhancement under SCSP.
ICAR-CIFRI adopted fishers of Chamardaha wetland, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal under Schedule Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) for livelihood improvement of fishers through fish production enhancement in wetland under the guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI. The wetland fisheries of Chamardaha was undertaken by Chamardaha Fishermens’ Cooperative Society Ltd. All the 150 members in the cooperative society are belonging to Schedule Caste (SC). The wetland is a floodplain wetland having an area of 35 ha. ICAR-CIFRI supported the fishers of Chamardaha by providing technical support and distributing HDPE pen, fish seed, fish feed, coracles, fishing boat and other fisheries implements. The fishers were given capacity building for five days on inland fisheries management for better management and sustainable enhancement of fish production from the wetland.
ICAR-CIFRI demonstrated low cost quality insitu seed production through pen culture. A total of 12,500 IMC of 4g size and 20,000 silver carp of 2.5g size from the nursery pond were stocked in 0.2 ha CIFRI HDPE pen installed in the wetland. After 90 days of stocking 10,625 nos of IMC having 40-50gm and 17,000 SC of 30gm were stocked in the wetland taking from the pen. The survivability in the pen was around 85% and there was no transportation mortality as there were raised in the same environment and already acclimatized to the wetland environment. The technology was appreciated by the local fisers. Also a total of 3000 kg of 10g size were stocked in Chomordaha wetland for culture based fisheries from the nursery pond.
This year the fishers have already harvested 5.0 ton of fish from the wetland during January and February month. However, the rest fish could not harvested after February due to covid pendamic situation and again due to rain the water level has increased presently. So, the fishers have decided to harvest during the coming winter. It is anticipated that the fish production will increase additional 15 ton form this wetland with ICAR-CIFRI intervention. However for this year stocking, they want to raise their seed in the pen and also in the existing nurseries adjacent to wetland.
The pen structure provided by ICAR-CIFRI were destroyed and over flooded due to the Amphan cyclone on 20th May, 2020. The local fishers were repaired the pens and installed them in the wetland. The fishers’ will stock around 1.0 lakh fish seed in the reinstalled pen in the wetland. As a part of post Amphan support, ICAR-CIFRI distributed 3.5 tons of fish feed for seed raising in pen to Chamardaha Fishermen’s Cooperative Society Ltd. on 15th July 2020 under SCSP programme which will help in livelihood improvement of the fishers through seed raising. The programme was monitored by Ms. Sangeeta (TA) and Mr. Kausik (TA) under the supervision of Dr. P. K. Parida and Dr. Lianthuamluaia Scientists of ICAR –CIFRI.