ICAR-CIFRI distributed fish feed to tribal fish farmers of Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya
Guwahati, 19 th October, 2023
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI), Regional Centre, Guwahati in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries (DoF), Govt. of Meghalaya organized an “Awareness-cum-fish feed distribution programme” at Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya on 18.10.2023 for the benefit of 50 tribal fish farmers of the state. The programme was organized under the overall guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore; Dr. S. K. Majhi, Head, ICAR-CIFRI RC, Guwahati; Dr. B.K. Bhattacharjya, PS & Nodal Officer of NEH Component, ICAR-CIFRI RC, Guwahati and Ms. Meda A. Khongjiliw, Superintendent of Fisheries, Ri-Bhoi District, Meghalaya. It was coordinated by Dr. Pronob Das, Dr. S. C. S. Das, Senior Scientists (Organizing Secretaries); Dr. S. Yengkokpam, Dr. D. K. Meena, Senior Scientists and Dr. S. Borah, Scientist (Co-organizing Secretaries). Shri Andrew L. Myrthong, MCS, Assistant Commissioner, Ri-Bhoi District, Government of Meghalaya; Shri Paul Tariang, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Meghalaya, Shillong; Smt. R.B. Lyngwa, Assistant Director of Sericulture, Ri-Bhoi District graced the program. It was attended by 60 participants (fish farmers and fisheries officials) of Ri-Bhoi District.

Ms. Meda A. Khongjiliw welcomed the participants and dignitaries for the day-long programme. Dr. B.K. Bhattacharjya delivered the opening address and explained the purpose of the programme. He outlined research and extension activities carried out by the Institute for development of open water fisheries in Meghalaya including successful trials on cage culture in Umiam reservoir. Dr. Pronob Das discussed the role fish feed in aquaculture and different feeding methods along with their scientific merits. He also informed the participants about the successful collaborative work programmes between the two organizations. Dr. S. C. S. Das explained different aspects of scientific fish farming. Mr. Paul Tariang thanked ICAR-CIFRI for continuing their support for development of fisheries in the state. He informed that based on successful cage culture trials carried out by ICAR-CIFRI in Umiam Reservoir, the DoF, Meghalaya plans to implement it through PMSSY programme in the state. Shri Andrew L. Myrthong urged the DoF and ICAR-CIFRI to work closely to achieve sustainable development goals.

Scientists of ICAR-CIFRI urged the participants to adopt scientific farming methods for achieving higher fish production, enhancement of income and livelihood. On the occasion, a total of 3500 kg floating feed was distributed among 50 tribal fishers including women. Ms. Meda A. Khongjiliw proposed a formal vote of thanks and appreciated the ICAR-CIFRI for their support to the fish farmers of Ri-Bhoi District, which is aspirational district.

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