7th April 2018, Veraval
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) visited Veraval Research Centre of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology and ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute today. During his visit he interacted with stakeholders from Seafood export association, Boat Owners’ Association, KVK and fishermen community along with the scientists and visited different laboratories of both the centres.
While interacting with stakeholders, he expressed his happiness to know the contributions of the centre for the development of the fishery sector. He lauded the efforts of both ICAR-CIFT and CMFRI for their enthusiasm, proactiveness and participatory approach to work with fisher community for their sustainable livelihood development. Dr Mohapatra appreciated both ICAR-CIFT and CMFRI for working in collaboration with KVK, Kodinar to reach the farmers, which is considered to be a vibrant conduit to disseminate the technologies through trainings and demonstrations.
While reviewing the work of the ICAR-CIFT centre, DG impressed with the commercially viable products developed by Veraval Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT and appreciated its effort for transfer of technology by signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with different community/society for community empowerment through skill development and technological support for fish entrepreneurship promotion.
Later, in his address to the scientists, DG urged the scientists to take up the need based and problem specific research programmes, which must be targeted to combat the plight of the farmers and fishers. He reiterated that while taking up any project the focus must be on contributing towards the societal development. He said it is challenging for the researcher especially for Agricultural scientists as they have to work in multi-disciplinary mode with multi-dimensional approach to protect the interest of farmers and contribute to the economy of the nation and over-come the problems like climate change and global warming etc.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)