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.






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