Precision farming, ICT, sensors, GIS, robotics to boost fish farming : Experts in 13 IFAF
Kolkata, 25th February, 2024
India’s aquaculture and fisheries sector has been witnessing a significant development in application of ICT, IoT, sensors, GIS and robotics in fishery resource management. Smart and efficient fisheries management equipped with advanced technologies would be a promising technology to maximize the productivity with minimum efforts along with maintaining the sustainability. To encourage this development, a technical session on “Precision farming, ICT, sensors, GIS, robotics in fisheries” was conducted on 25.2.2024 of 13th IFAF during 23-25th February, 2024 at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata. The session was chaired by Dr. Amitabha Bondyopadhyay, Chairman (TAC), ICAR-NePPA and Dr. Rabi N Sahoo, Principal Scientist, IARI and Program Leader (ICAR-NePPA). Other dignitaries Dr. J. K. Jena, DDG (Fishery Science), ICAR, New Delhi; Dr. B.P. Mohanty, ADG (Fishery Science), ICAR, New Delhi; Dr. Dilip Kumar, Former Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai; Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore; Dr. P. K. Sahoo, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar were also present in the session.

The session started with welcoming the chairs by Dr. B K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore. The session lead speaker and chair Dr. Rabi N Sahoo elaborately presents how Indian agriculture has been witnessing the evolution in application of ICT, drones, sensors, robotics, bigdata, machine learning technology in the field of agriculture and fisheries system. He emphasized that importance should be given to modernize the agriculture system with these advanced and smart technologies for achieving the production potential while maintaining sustainability. Dr. J. K. Jena, DDG (Fishery Science), ICAR also highlighted that the importance of advanced technology in fisheries sector is immense which need to be embedded in the fisheries system for its efficient management and sustainable production.
Researchers, students of various research organization from India, Bangladesh have presented their research works, products etc. which includes TurbAqua-a mobile app for detecting turbidity using water color; spatio-temporal change dynamics of Mayabon and Ratargul Swamp Forests of Sylhet, Bangladesh; Matsya Varta- a mobile app for smart ICT application in Aquaculture for North-east India; EIA appraisal for IMC farming employing LCA; AI-ML modeling of biotic and abiotic parameters of river Yamuna and RiverAuaMap-A web-GIS application for fishery resource assessment etc.

Dr. Amitabha Bondypadhyay, chair of the session interacted with the presenters and delegates and gave valuable suggestions for improving the findings. He also suggested that ICT embedded knowledge base should be updated and refined before communicating to the farmers. The program was coordinated by Dr. D.N. Jha, Incharge Head, ICAR-CIFRI Prayagraj center. Dr. Chayna Jana, Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI and Dr. Kamalesh Panda, Asst. Prof, CoF, Kawardha, rapporteurs of the session summarized the takeaway recommendations for future course of actions. The program ended with formal vote of thanks

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2017 Last updated on 28/02/2024