16th July, 2014, Barrackpore
CIFRI celebrated 86th Foundation Day of ICAR on 16th July, 2014 along with National Fish Farmers Day. Sri Chandranath Sinha, Minister in Charge, Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic resources and fishery Harbor, Government of West Bengal graced the occasion as chief guest. Dr. Pradeep Majumder, Advisor (Agriculture) to Chief Minister, West Bengal; Prof. C.S Chakrobarty,Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata ; Swami Aghor Atma Nanda Jee, In-charge, Shibananda Dham, Barasat ;Smt. Malabika Jha, IAS, Director, Dept. of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal also graced the occasion as Guests of Honour. Around 60 farmers from different states of India participated in the programme. Moreover, former scientists were also present. An interaction meeting on ‘Mitigation of rainfall deficit in Eastern States’ was organized in the morning with the farmers. A meaningful interface with the fishers and fish farmers and scientists was held. Some farmers from Bihar, Jharkhand shared their views and experiences regarding shortfall of rain. The scientists rendered technical advice to the farmers to cope up with the prevailing problem of lack of sufficient availability of water in ponds, beels and reservoirs. On the other hand, fishers form Sagar, Island, Sunderban shared their experience on ingress of saline water in inland water bodies like pond, canals, and creeks during high tides which have become a notable problem for them. After the interaction meeting the 86th ICAR Day Celebration was started by the welcome address by Prof. A.P. Sharma, Director, CIFRI. Sri Chandranath Sinha, Honorable Minister in his speech emphasized on more productivity from inland openwaters and also encouraged the Scientists of CIFRI to take action on the recommendations of ‘Consultative meeting for improvement of fisheries in West Bengal’ in collaboration the state departments to gear up fish production and productivity of West Bengal. Dr. Pradeep Majumder, Advisor (Agriculture) to Chief Minister West Bengal said that farmers are integral part of ICAR and the initiative of CIFRI for celebrating the ICAR foundation day along with National Fish Farmers Day is a testimony of concern for the cause of farmers. Prof. C.S Chakrobarty and Swami Aghor Atma Nanda also expressed their views on ICAR’s role to make a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. Ms. Malabika Jha, Director, Department of Fisheries, West Bengal informed that Government is now making efforts for judicious utilization of the state machinery in collaboration with ICAR.
Six farmers from the State of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhatishgarh were awarded on the National Fish Farmers day, 2014for their outstanding contribution in inland fisheries development in the country. On this occasion a training manual in Hindi language i. e ‘Antasthaliya Matisiki Prabandhan’ and another in Bengali language on ‘Livelihood improvement of tribal farmers through improved fishery technology’ was released for the fish farming community.
Dr. M. A. Hassan, Head (Act.), RWF Division CIFRI proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: CIFRI, Barrackpore)