2nd February, 2015, Bhubaneswar
ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) has organized the Third Pilot session of ‘Five Keys to Safer Aquaculture Products to Protect Public Health’ at ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar during 2-4 February 2015. WHO has developed ‘Five Keys to Safer Aquaculture products to protect public health’ to help the small scale aquaculture producers raise safe and nutritious fish for themselves, their families and for sale in local market. The program was aimed at developing awareness about hygiene, food borne diseases, safe handling of fish to ensure sustainability of safe and nutritious locally grown food produced by small and marginal aquaculture farmers.
Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director, ICAR-CIFA, India conveyed the importance of the workshop for sustainable aquaculture and consumer’s safety, which was designed to help the small scale aquaculture producers raise safe and nutritious fish for themselves, their families and for sale in local market.
Shri Bishnupada Sethi, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Fisheries & ARD Department, Govt. of Odisha inaugurated workshop and suggested to look into the issue of certificates to farms who abide by safe practices for raising fish and giving incentives to good quality fish producing farmers.
The participants of the workshop included Assistant fishery officers representing different districts of the state, NGOs working with fish farmers, representatives from export inspection council, OUAT and other ICAR institutes.
Dr. B. R. Pillai, Head & Principal Scientist, APED, ICAR-CIFA was the coordinator of the programme.
Some of the noticeable recommendations emerged out of the 3- day programme include:
- A slogan on “Keep Yourself Clean and Make your Pond Clean”.
- The workshop topic could be included in the course curriculum of the primary school students as well as intermediate level.
- Models on pond cleanliness and safe aquaculture products may be displayed in public gathering, exhibition, Kishan Mela etc.
- Private and public media such as Newspaper, Periodicals, Radio & Television visual aids, Postal Department articles (Meghdoot postcards, Inland letters, Envelope & Postage stamps etc.) may carry and spread the message of pond cleanliness and safe aquaculture products.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture)