13th April, 2015, Cacra, Goa
ICAR – Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, Goa is involved in Tribal Welfare projects funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi to make a change in the livelihood of coastal farmers and fishermen of the country.
Tribal artisanal fishermen reside along the Zuari estuary especially in Nauxim, Cacra and Odxal of Tiswadi Taluke. Apart from fishing gears, the life of coastal artisanal fishermen is also very significant for the subsistence of about 500 families settled along the estuary. Life saving appliance is also necessary for the artisanal fishermen to cope-up with disasters onboard.
A programme on “Distribution of eco-friendly fishing gears and safety devices” was organised by ICAR-CCARI at Shree Shantadurga Fishermen Association, Cacra on 13th April, 2015. 250 kg of fishing gear (gillnet) materials and 90 life jacket floats were distributed among the tribal fisher-folk of Nauxim, Cacra and Odxal.
Dr. Narendra Pratap Singh, Director, ICAR-CCARI welcomed the gathering and briefed about the research and extension activities of the institute. He mentioned about the Tribal Sub Plan programme of Govt. of India and how the fishermen and farmers can be benefitted through the project.
While inaugurating the distribution of materials, Smt. Alina Saldanha, Minister for Environment and Forest, Govt. of Goa, appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CCARI for improving the livelihood of fishermen and agricultural farmers through their research and extension services.
Shri. Devendra Kumar, Director (Finance), ICAR and Dr. A. K. Vasisht, Assistant Director General (PIM/ESM), Dr. Shamila Monteiro, Director of Fisheries, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Sanjay Perera, Head of the Shree Shantadurga Fishermen Association, Sarpanchs and members of Taligao, Curca, Bambolim and St. Cruz were present during the event.
(Source: ICAR-CCARI, Old Goa)