20th September 2016, Guwahati
ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, North Eastern Regional Centre organized an Interactive Workshop on “Aquatic Animal Diseases in Assam” under the National Surveillance Programme on Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD) here today.
Shri Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of PWD, Fisheries and Excise, Government of Assam in his address during valedictory function emphasized on making Assam self-sufficient in fish production. He iterated the need and importance of controlling fish disease to reduce economic losses. He also highlighted the recent initiatives of Government of Assam to bring about blue revolution in the state and to make Assam self-sufficient in fish production as well as improving the export of fish from the state.
Shri Suklabaidya and Shri Bimal Borah, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Tingkhong constituency, Assam, released the English and Assamese versions of publication on ‘Nutritional significance of fish in our diet’
Earlier, Dr B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, in his inaugural emphasized on developing fisheries in the North Eastern region with assurance of technical support and co-operation from the Institute. He outlined the activities carried out by the institute in the state under NSPAAD.
Shri M. C. Jauhari, IAS, Principal Secretary Fisheries, Government of Assam, outlined the steps initiated by Department of Fisheries, Government of Assam for attaining self-sufficiency in fish production. He stated that at present the state is producing 2.94 lakh tonnes against a demand of 3.25 lakh tonnes, hereby reducing the gap to 42000 tonnes. The Department has launched an ambitious scheme “Ghare ghare pukhuri, ghare ghare machh” for increasing area covered under pond aquaculture in 25,000 villages of the state.
A total of 77 participants including fish farmers, officials from Department of Fisheries; officials from National Fisheries Development Board Regional Centre, Guwahati; College of Fisheries (AAU), Raha, FISHCOPFED Regional Centre, Guwahati, Fisheries NGO and private sector enterprises participated in the workshop.
(Source: ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, North Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati)