11 October 2012, Boudh, Odisha.
The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar with the Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Odisha today organized “stakeholders’ meet for promoting composite carp culture in Boudh’. Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, CIFA urged all concerned institutions and agencies to bridge the gap between technology development and it implementation in the field. Sri Mahendra Kumar Mallik, District Magistrate & Collector, Boudh inaugurated the workshop. The Collector congratulated the CIFA for organizing such an interaction and urged the fisheries officers to develop fisheries in small reservoirs which are lying unutilized. Using MNREGA funds these reservoirs can be renovated and put to scientific fish farming, he added. Dr Radheyshyam, Principal Scientist in his address mentioned about the profitable aquaculture technologies developed by CIFA.
The collector inaugurated an exhibition on ‘Freshwater Aquaculture’ organized on the sidelines of the meet. Fish farming technologies, publications and products developed by the Institute were aesthetically displayed. Three leaflets “misritamatsyachasa’ ‘ farm made feed’ and ‘ women in aquaculture’ were released. A new website on the project “Transfer of technology of composite carp culture through demonstration among SC/ST women in Boudh and Purulia” was also launched.
Three progressive farmers – Rabindra Karna; Pramod Kumar Bishi and Giridhari Rana were felicitated for adopting scientific means of fish farming and providing leadership to the community. Sri Anantaram Behera, Fishery Extension Officer of Kantamal was also presented with a certificate of appreciation for his commendable extension work towards promoting fish farming. Fishery Extension Officers; scientists from CIFA, farm entrepreneurs , over one hundred farmers and farm women from Harbhanga, Kantamal and Boudh participated in the meet.
In the Plenary session, the experts stressed on popularization of carp farming in seasonal waterbodies and adoption of scientific practices, stocking of bigger fingerlings, manuring, application of farm made feed, backyard pond culture etc.
(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar)