Champawat, 10 July, 2012
Fish farmer’s day was celebrated at Champawat field centre of Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal (ICAR) on today. The programme was presided over by Dr. B. Meena Kumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR. Shri Shridhar Babu Addanki, IAS, District Magistrate, Chamapwat, Uttrakhand graced the occasion as Chief Guest and Dr. S.D. Singh, Assistant Director General (Inland Fisheries) addressed the gathering as guest of honor. Dr. P.C. Mahanta, Director, DCFR and Dr. S.K. Srivastava, Scientist, Incharge of the centre welcomed all the farmers, entrepreneurs, dignitaries and media persons.
Dr. Meena Kumari inaugurated newly constructed farmer’s training hall, laboratory and residential Block of the Champawat centre. In her inaugural address, she highlighted the importance of quality seed, nutritionally balanced feed and health management for the up scaling of hill aquaculture. Due to climate change the temperature of the environment is gradually increasing, therefore water conservation is very crucial for sustainable fish farming activities in the hilly region.
Dr. S.D. Singh in his address emphasized upon the need of transfer of technology from the lab to land. District Magistrate, Champawat assured the gathering to provide all administrative support for development fish farming in this area and he stressed upon need for training programme for the fish farmers at champawat center. An exhibition of the institute was also arranged on this occasion. Around 150 farmers and entrepreneurs participated and six farmers were honored for their outstanding contribution in the coldwater aquaculture.
A lively farmer - scientist interaction meet was organized to solve the problems of farmers. The expert scientists of DCFR, Bhimtal and Champawat centers participated in the interactive session to address the queries raised by the farmers.
(Source: Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal)