5th September, 2014, Umiam
The Fisheries Division of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya organized a day-long awareness-cum-ranching programme of Pengba (Osteobrama belangeri) fish species of Northeast India as an initiative under NICRA project in Umiam Lake of Barapani. The occasion was chaired by the Director of the institute, Dr S.V. Ngachan and Mrs. I.R. Sangma, Director, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Meghalaya was the Chief Guest for the programme.
Lauding the efforts of ICAR scientists, the Chief Guest said this is a major landmark in the accomplishment history of ICAR for their maiden attempt to introduce the rare Pengba fish species in the state of Meghalaya.
Dr S.V. Ngachan expressed his concern over the endangered Pengba fish and asked for convergence approach with the cooperation of line departments for conservation of this endemic germplasm under climate change. He congratulated Division of Fisheries for the successful production of Pengba fish seeds under the institute project “Species Diversification” for introducing the species in the state of Meghalaya as one of the potential candidate species for mid hill aquaculture.
Dr. S. K. Das, Principal Scientist & Head, in his welcome address, said the effort is not only to conserve this highly esteemed fish species through captive breeding & aquaculture but also to enhance the fish production of the region.
Dr D.J. Rajkhowa, Principle Scientist and PI (NICRA) pointed out that in the context of present climatic aberrations, this is a novel step for conservation and maintenance of Pengba fish species of Manipur which fetch good market price due to high consumer demand.
Dr. Suresh Kumar D.S., Pr. Scientist and HOD, Animal Production said that fishery is an important component under Integrated Farming System to bring sustainability in the region and this intervention will boost-up the fish farmers to go for large scale adoption of technology.
Dr. A. K. Tripathi, Pr. Scientist and HOD, Social Science also ensured that this technology may be popularized on wider scale with the help of farmers’ participatory based evaluation.
On this occasion, Pengba fingerlings of 8-10 cm size produced by the institute were released into the Umiam lake in thousands number followed by distribution of Pengba & Amur common carp seeds to a group of selected farmers of Ribhoi district.
ICAR scientists along with more than 30 fish farmers from Mysiem, Phyllon and Nongthymmai villages participated in the programme.
Dr. N. Singh, RA, NICRA- Fisheries component proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya)