ICAR – CIFRI trains tribal farmers for skill development

As part of its initiative of imparting skill development to the farmers, the ICAR – Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute has organized a training camp in its headquarters Barrackpore in West Bengal from March 31 to April 3, 2018. Out of the 21 farmers of Alipurduar, four were from the tribal background. ATMA was the sponsor for the event.

Four-Day Training Program

While inaugurating the four-day training program, Dr. BK Das, Director of ICAR-CIFRI laid emphasis on skill development of the farmers on a slew of aspects of inland fisheries management for securing their livelihood besides developing nutri-smart villages through aquaculture and fisheries. The Kumargram Block of Alipurduar is a densely populated region, replete with perennial and seasonal water bodies, where there is ample scope of livelihood improvement through development of fisheries and aquaculture. Through this program, the Institute is aiming at developing the knowledge, skill and attitude of the farmers towards inland fisheries management. What is more, the program was further oriented encompassing the practical skills of the farmers for enhancing thefish production in open waters such as mauns, chaurs, ponds and tanks through field practicals, field exposure visits, demonstrations and classroom sessions. Dr Das further urged the farmers to apply the knowledge gained during the training program in the respective fields so as to make the wise-use of such training fruitfully.

About the Institute

India has vast and varied types of inland fisheries resources in the form of rivers, estuaries, reservoirs, floodplain wetlands, lakes, coastal lagoons and backwaters, which play important roles in fish production in the country, ensuring food and nutritional security, employment generation and livelihoods to millions of people. Recognizing the role of inland fisheries, Government of India established a Central Inland Fisheries Research Station at Calcutta on 17 March 1947, under the then Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Later, in 1959, the Central Inland Fisheries Research Station was elevated to a full-fledged research institute, christened as Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute. In 1967 it came under the administration of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture (currently Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare), New Delhi.

The Institute strives for knowledge-based management of inland open waters for sustainable fisheries, conservation of aquatic biodiversity, integrity of ecological services and to derive social benefits from these waters. Headquarters of the Institute is located at Barrackpore, West Bengal; the Regional Research Centers are located at Allahabad, Guwahati, Bangalore and Vadodara, with Research Centers at Kochi and Kolkata. The Institute is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and provide world-class service standards.

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