ICAR-CIFRI had organized two awareness camps in Sunderbans, West Bengal under Tribal Sub Plan
(TSP) for the livelihoods enhancements of tribals through fisheries intervention. An awareness camp was
organized for 600 tribal fishers in Amtoli village, Gosaba, Sunderban on 18-02- 2018. The awareness
camp was aimed to explore the potentials of unutilized canals in the area through community based
culture fisheries and to improve the fish production from the house hold ponds. The fishers were advised
to utilize the canals of the village for fish production using scientific techniques. During the interaction,
the fishers were keen to know about fish farming techniques along with mitigation and remedial measures
for fish disease management. After this, a second awareness camp was organized for 150 tribal fishers in
Kalitala Village, Hingalganj, Sunderban on 19-02- 2018. During the camp fish feed (1.25 tons) was
distributed among the tribal fishers for improvement canal fisheries in this area. Dr. A.E. Eknath, Former
DG, NACA; Dr. Dilip Kumar, Former VC, ICAR-CIFE; Dr. V. R. Chitranshi, Former ADG (inland
Fisheries), ICAR; Dr. B. C. Jha, former HoD, ICAR-CIFRI and Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI
interacted with the tribal fishers.
During the interactive sessions, Dr. A.E. Eknath, Former DG, NACA advised the fish farmers to follow
the guidelines developed by ICAR-CIFRI for enhancing the fish production in canals. On this occasion,
Dr. V. R. Chitranshi, Former ADG (Inland fisheries), ICAR suggested various ways for utilization of
existing natural resources and conservation of fish diversity to the tribal fishers. Dr. B. C. Jha, Former
HoD, ICAR-CIFRI recommended the tribal fish farmers to take the benefit of scientific knowledge
developed by ICAR-CIFRI to enhance their livelihoods by fisheries interventions.
Dr. Dilip Kumar, Former Vice–chancellor of ICAR-CIFE advised the fish farmer to adopt Canal fisheries
as a new concept from ICAR-CIFRI. He also informed the tribal fish farmers that Canals can be utilized
scientifically for fish production and livelihoods enhancement through community based approach.
Dr. B. K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI ensured the tribal fish farmers about the timely service of ICAR-
CIFRI for fisheries development in the area and capacity development for 15 youths in fish farming, and
another 15 youths in water and soil quality testing. He advised the farmers to develop their
entrepreneurial skills for fish production and livelihoods enhancement from inland open waters.
During the camps, Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist; Dr. P. K. Parida Nodal Officer, TSP; Dr.
Lianthuamluaia, Scientist and Mr. C. N. Mukherje, CTO of ICAR-CIFRI also interacted with the tribal
fishers and provided various technical inputs for scientific fish farming.