Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI has addressed the fishers and emphasized on sustainability of the wetland fishery and the importance of pen culture. He described the process of fish production enhancement from wetlands. He also guided and emphasized the beel fishers about the community participation for conservation of the natural resources, and to keep the amount of investment of 1st yearfrom the additionalincome as revolving fund for the next year pen culture practice for their sustenance. Fishers were interacted with the technical issues about the constraints and the ways to overcome those through scientific management practices.Dr. Das also emphasized upon the conservation of Small indigenous fishes for the sustainability of the wetland and the nutritional values of these fishes.
Addressing the gathering Dr. Arun Pandit and Dr P.K. Parida briefed about the program and explained strategies to be taken by the fishers in managing the wetland production and conservational measures. During this awareness program about 7 tons of CIFRI feed were distributed to society members of Chamta and Beledanga wetlands. Fishers were expressed their gratitude towards CIFRI’s support and intervention. A technical team also collected water and sediment samples from both wetlands for their quality analysis. The program was coordinated byDr. Arun Pandit, Dr P.K. Parida, Ms. Sangeeta Chakraborty, MrKausik Mondal, MrPurna Chandra.