ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati conducted a NFDB sponsored five days (06-10 August, 2018) training programme on ‘Beel fisheries management for livelihood improvement’ for the fisheries officials of Northeast states

ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) Regional Centre, Guwahati organized a 5 day training of trainers programme form 6-10 August, 2018, sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad on ‘Beel fisheries management for livelihood improvement’ under the guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore and Course Director of the training programme and Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya, Head (Acting), ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati and Co-ordinator of the training programme. 26 participants attended the programme comprising 18 Fishery Development Officers from Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Assam, 2 officials from Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Nagaland and 2 entrepreneurs from Assam. Joint Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Manipur, Mr. Khamsing Ahum along with 3 District Fishery Officers also attended the programme. The training programme focussed on various aspects of beel fisheries management and development, primarily on stock enhancement cage and pen culture in beels besides focussing on soil and water quality management in beels, disease management, nutritional aspects, role of biotic communities in beel fisheries management and guidelines for beel fisheries management along with practical sessions on soil and water quality analysis and collection and preservation of biotic communities from beels. Dr. Utpal Sarma, Head of Remote Sensing Division, ASTEC, Guwahati also delivered a lecture on application of remote sensing and GIS as a decision support tool in beel fisheries management. Field visit to Samguri beel, Nagaon and 47 Morakolong beel, Morigaon was conducted as a part of the training programme on 9 August, 2018, to give a glimpse of cage and pen culture activities of ICAR-CIFRI being undertaken in those two beels. The chief guest of the valedictory session was Sjt. Parimal Suklaibaidya, Hon’ble Minister of Fisheries, Excise, Environment and Forest, Govt. of Assam, Dispur and was accompanied by Shri Rakesh Kumar, Secretary to Govt. of Assam, Department of Fisheries Commissioner and Secretary to Govt. of Assam, Department of Excise as Guest of Honour. In his address to the gathering, Hon’ble Minister stated that there is a vast potential for fisheries development in NE region. He stressed on management of beels of the region for enhancing fish production in the region. He urged the fisheries officials and entrepreneurs to apply the knowledge gathered during the training programme and apply the same in their respective area. He also stressed on the need for conservation of wetlands. Shri Rakesh Kumar, in his address stated that fisheries is the largest sector in Assam. He emphasized on the need to update knowledge on the part of the officials. He stressed on bringing about mechanization in fisheries with the use of aerators, solar pumps and cage aquaculture which is the need of the hour. He further stated that fish productivity from the NE region in general and Assam in particular needs to be further enhanced and requested ICAR-CIFRI to conduct more number of trainings for farmers and officials. Scientists of ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati Dr. Sona Yengkokpam, Dr. Pronob Das, Niti Sharma, Simanku Borah, along with Technical Officers K.K. Sarma, B. C. Ray and A. Kakati took active part in conducting the whole programme and making it a successful one.





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