A “National training on Freshwater Pearl Culture for Entrepreneurship Development” is being organized for a period of 8 days i.e. 18-25th June 2014 by Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, (ICAR) Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar. The trainees include farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, SMS from KVK, professionals and students. The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director CIFA. In his inaugural address, he emphasized the importance of freshwater pearl farming in the country and how to develop entrepreneurship through pearl culture. We may not be able to compete with the leader China in pearl production, but the aim is to strengthen HRD in this important sector of aquaculture, he said. Dr. G. S. Saha, Head, Social Science section also emphasized upon the need for up scaling HRD program on Pearl culture and commented that there was ever increasing enthusiasm to learn about pearl farming. The meeting was coordinated by Dr S. Saurabh and the inaugural program was ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. U. L. Mohanty of CIFA. On this occasion a Bilingual Training manual on Freshwater Pearl Culture for Entrepreneurship Development was released and distributed to participants. The institute has trained over 400 personnel so far since 1992 when the training programme on pearl culture was first initiated.
(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar)