22nd January 2013, Harwada
As part of the transfer technology program on fish Asian seabass (Bhetki) farming technology funded by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai (ICAR) has been demonstrating sustainable farming of seabass phase-wise in the states of Karnataka, Odisha and West Bengal. The fish farming demonstration interaction meet along with farmers was conducted on 22 January 2013 at Harwada, Karwar, Uttar Kannada District of Karnataka in order to motivate farmers to take up farming in their pond culture systems.
The Minister of Fisheries and Science and Technology, Govt of Karnataka, Shri Anand Asnotikar inaugurated the meet and addressed on various welfare schemes and development programs implemented for the fisheries and fisher community development in the Karnataka state. He complimented CIBA, Chennai for the innovative enterprising activity taken up at Harwada farmers’ pond demonstrating the techno economic viability of “kurudi” (seabass). He also mentioned about the possibility of farming seabass in the open sea cages which has been demonstrated by CMFRI. He requested the fish farmers and fishermen to venture into the farming of diversified species of fishes to sustain their livelihood and enhance their income. He mentioned about the Government of Karnataka policy to extend all support in aquaculture and allied activities.
Dr A.R.T. Arasu, PI of the Project briefly mentioned on the technology options available on seabass seed rearing, pre grow out farming and grow out culture. He requested the farming communities to make use of the technologies available with the institutes and adopt for improved farming of seabass.
The meeting was attended by more than 300 fish farmers from Uttar Kannada district. The officials from MPEDA, CMFRI, Department of Fisheries, Government of Karnataka, BFDA, Aquafarmers Society and faculty members from the Karnataka University of Animal and Fisheries Sciences also participated.
Mr. Rajendra Padnaker, a progressive farmer proposed vote of thanks. The program ended with the harvest of seabass from the farmer’s pond which was witnessed by the minister, farmers and other participants of the program.
(Source: CIBA, Chennai)