Knowledge and skill up-scaling to fish farmers of Jamui, Bihar through training for livelihood improvement
17th May, 2022
Jamui district of Bihar is very resourceful in terms of inland open waters, as catchments of Kiul and Barnar Rivers form a major part of the district. Despite abundant aquatic resources, the supply of adequate fish is short of demand in this district. Based on the need of the present day, a 7-day training programme on “Inland Fisheries Management” has been organized at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore from 07-13 May 2022 as a part of skill development and capacity building programme with a mission to increase the fishers’ income double. A total of 25 active fish farmers participated in this programme. Inaugurating the programme, Dr. B.K. Das, Director of the Institute emphasised on the skill development of the fishers on various aspects of inland fisheries management ensuring their sustainable livelihood security. He also urged the fishers to explore their available resources for optimum productions and productivity by acquiring scientific knowledge and applications. Dr. Das also briefed the trainees about the new entrepreneurship avenues available in inland fisheries of India.

There is ample scope of livelihood improvement through development of inland fisheries in this district. In this training programme, ICAR-CIFRI aimed at bridging the knowledge, skill, and attitude gaps of the farmers towards inland fisheries management. The programme contained classroom sessions on pond construction and management, soil and water chemistry, induced breeding, nursery, rearing and brooder’s pond management, composite fish farming, ornamental fishery, enclosure culture, fish feed management and feeding protocol, disease management, economic evaluation, overview on Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojona, etc.

Exposing to field visits included: ICAR-CIFA Kalyani fish farms, Balagarh progressive fish farms, East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), ornamental fish markets, Naihati Fish seed production hub etc. Re-circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS), Bio-floc units, ornamental hatchery units and feed mill of the Institute were made available to them as well as provided hands-on training on different need-based aspects like basic water quality parameters, fish feed preparation using locally available feed ingredients, identification of fish pathogens and their respective remedial measures, etc.

The feedback session was marked with overall satisfaction of the trainees admitting their up-scaling of knowledge which would be applied in their respective water resources. Dr. S. Samanta, in-charge Director in his valedictory remarks invoked the farmers to apply the knowledge gained from this training to consolidate more productions. Dr. A. K. Das, Dr. Aparna Roy, Dr. Dibakar Bhakta, Dr. Sajina A.M., Mr. Sujit Chowdhuri, Mr. Avishek Saha coordinated the programme with great efficiency.

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2017 Last updated on 17/05/2022