Final Workshop of CIFA-Worldfish Collaborative Project Organized

21st December 2013, Bhubaneswar

Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar organized the final workshop of the collaborative research project between CIFA and WorldFish, Malaysia on ‘Genetic improvement of Freshwater Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii in India –Phase II’ during 20-21 December 2013.

Dr. N. Sarangi, Former Director, CIFA inaugurated the workshop. In his remark, he stressed upon the need of revival of the freshwater prawn industry, as the production in India has been declining drastically due to several factors.

Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, CIFA welcomed the participants and dignitaries. He highlighted the need of genetic improvement of this commercially important freshwater prawn in order to enhance the productivity in a sustainable manner. Dr. Jayasankar also stated that selective breeding for improvement of growth rate of freshwater prawn would largely contribute towards revival of the farming.

Dr. K. D. Mahapatra, Principal Scientist & Co-PI of the project presented a brief account of the project and informed that CIFA has initiated genetic improvement of  M. rosenbergii through selective breeding in 2007 to improve the growth rate and come out with a faster growing strain of M. rosenbergii.

The inaugural session was followed by a technical session with presentations on various topics. On the second day of the workshop was devoted to Scientist-Farmer interaction where several prawn farmers from the state shared their experiences on the culture of freshwater prawn. Scientists and experts addressed the problems raised by farmers and provided solutions.

The project has so far shown encouraging result with a cumulative selection response of 16% in four generations. Further the 3rd and 4th generation prawns have undergone on-farm testing at farmer’s field in different districts of Odisha with promising results.

(Source: CIFA, Bhubaneswar)