The ICAR-National Agricultural Science Fund, New Delhi and the ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore jointly organized a workshop on "Hilsa breeding and management: Way forward" during 24-26 October 2017 at ICAR- CIFRI Barrackpore. The workshop was organized in connection with the multi institutional project on 'Stock characterization, captive breeding, seed production and culture of hilsa (Tenualosailisha) funded by NASF with ICAR- CIFRI as Lead Centre and other ICAR institutes viz. CIBA, CIFA, CIFE, CMFRI, NBFGR and the Visva-Bharati University. The chief guest,Dr. Panjab Singh, Chairman of the Empowered committee,NASF and former DG ICAR, inaugurated the workshop on 24th October 2017. Dr. P.K. Agrawal, ADG, NASF;Dr. S. Raizada, ADG, (Inland Fisheries), ICAR;other members of the Empowered Committee of NASF, Dr. Rakesh Tuli, former Director, NBRI, Lucknow;Dr. C. L. Acharya, former Director, IISS, Bhopal and Dr. R.T.Patil,former Director, CIPHET, Ludhiana and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of NASF project on hilsa,Dr. K. K. Vaas were present in the occasion.Other dignitaries like Dr. J. K. Sundarary, Director, CIFA, Bhubaneswar; Dr.Saptarshi Biswas, Deputy Director, Department of Fisheries, West Bengal and hilsa research pioneers like Prof.Amalesh Choudhury, Former Head Calcutta University and Dr.D.K.De, retired Principal scientist, ICAR-CIFRI also graced the occasion. Scientists and Technical Officers of CIFRI also attended the function. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, CIFRI extended warm welcome to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries and briefed about the project and activities and major achievements of CIFRI. In his welcome address Dr. Das emphasised the need for continuing support for further research on different aspects of hilsa. Dr. Panjab Singh appreciated the progress made in the project and emphasized the need to promote more research works on hilsa. Dr. Agrawal briefed about the activities of NASF and the aims of organizing the workshop while Dr.Raizada in his remarks highlighted the importance of the species and stressed the need for continued studies on its breeding and culture. Dr. V. R. Suresh, PI of the project proposed vote of thanks at the end of the programme. A book titled 'Current Status of knowledge on hilsa' and the MaasikSamachar' MatsyikiKeGauravshali 70 Varsh' were released by the Chief Guest and dignitaries. The inauguration was followed by technical session in which the project partners presented the progress and achievements of the project. The chairman and members of the empowered committee reviewed the project activities and congratulated the team for the developments made. Dr.Saptarshi Biswas, Deputy Director, Department of Fisheries, West Bengal presented the activities of the Department and State Government on hilsa conservation. On 25th October, all the delegates along with the project team visited the hilsa experimental units at RRC of CIFA and inspected live hilsa stock maintained in ponds. The team also visited RRC of CIBA at Kakdweep on 26th October and inspected live hilsa reared in ponds, hilsa feed mill, algal culture unit and recirculatory system established under the project.







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