27th September 2013, Samastipur
ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna organized a Farmers' Field Day on ‘Management of Fish Seed’ and Animal Health Camp at Sonmar Chaur, Sahajadapur village, Samastipur, Bihar.
Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR-RC for Eastern Region inaugurated the programme. In his address, he suggested for holistic development of the chaur area through integration of horticulture, livestock, agro-forestry and improved crop varieties. Dr. Bhatt informed that the entire area of 44 ha. has been effectively utilized for the productive purpose through integrated aquaculture. He said that this type of unique model should be replicated in other chaur area for improving productivity and livelihood of the people of Bihar.
The Guest of Honour, Dr. K.R. Solanki, Ex-ADG (Agro-forestry), ICAR expressed his pleasure about the progress of the chaur area and advised the farmers to take up horticulture based farming system for additional income.
The purpose of the programme was to show the interventions and activities being conducted for the livelihood improvement of the chaur areas to the farmers, fisherman community, scientists, NGOs and line departments. The Sonmar chaur is comprised of 48 ponds spreading over 44 ha of land belonging to 43 beneficiaries who formed Sonmar Chaur Matsya Vikash Samiti to monitor all the activities from input use to marketing of the fishes and other farm produce.
During the programme 160 animals were treated and vaccinated. Battery operated aerator were also demonstrated and distributed among the fishermen to use during transportation of fish seed. Around 250 stakeholders, scientists form ICAR-RC for Eastern Region, representatives from BAIF, NGO and line department participated in the programme.
(Source: ICAR-RC for Eastern Region, Patna)