Bhubneswar, 16th March, 2012
In commemoration of Silver Jubilee Year, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) in collaboration with Association of Aquaculturists organized National Conference on ‘Aquaculture: Fish for Billion’ during 16-17 March 2012 in Bhubaneswar. The Conference was inaugurated by Sri Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Fisheries and Science & Technology Minister, Odisha.
The Minister urged CIFA to serve as centre of excellence in research and extension of freshwater aquaculture. He wished the conference would come up with concrete plans for development of freshwater aquaculture to feed the billion.
CIFA started its journey in the year 1987 and is celebrating 25th year of its existence during April 1, 2011- March 31, 2012. During the last two and half decades of devoted research, the institute has developed several epoch-making technologies which have revolutionized freshwater aquaculture sector in the country, informed Dr P. Jayasankar, Director.
Dr. E. G. Silas, Former Director, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Former Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University in his address said “water scarcity is going to be really a limiting factor in freshwater aquaculture”. He added that aquaculture should be able to address problems of malnutrition in children in this country. CIFA has great role to play in creating food security through freshwater aquaculture. “Developments in the field of aquaculture must be multidisciplinary and multi-departmental involving state fisheries department, KVKs, universities and other research institutes” said Dr. S.D. Singh, Assistant Director General (Inland Fisheries), ICAR.“Water policies framed in the country hardly integrate aquaculture. If aquaculture is allowed 50 percent of water capacity, the fish production will go up to 15 million tonnes in the country from the present production level of 8 million tonnes” said Sri Tarun Sridhar, Jt. Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Dr. S.D. Tripathi, ex-Director, CIFA emphasized on the need for alternative sources of feed ingredients and development of feed for different larval stages, adult stages of fish and different culture systems. ‘Foundations of CIFA have been laid with invention of induced fish breeding at Quila fish farm, Cuttack. It is an organization in this country, which everyone looks up to for increasing freshwater fish production’ said Dr. C. Vasudevappa, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board.
The institute has roped in a host of experts in aquaculture to guide the CIFA developing a roadmap for the aquaculture development to feed billions in the coming years. The conference was attended by over 200 dignitaries including researchers, students, farmers, entrepreneurs as well as stakeholders from different parts of the country. The Institute organised an exhibition ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Aquaculture’ where products, publications and technologies were showcased. FRP demand fish feeder – an improved feed dispensing gadget that would minimize loss to the extent of 15 % was released on the occasion. Books on ‘25 years of research in freshwater aquaculture’, ‘Lead paper on Strategies for Aquaculture Development’, a CD ‘Aquaculture Innovators’, a number of booklets and folders on different aspects of aquaculture were also released.
(Source: CIFA, Bhubneswar)