State Level Interaction Workshop on Freshwater Aquaculture Development in Odisha
28th June, 2015, Kausalyaganga
ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture in collaboration with State Fishery Department organised a Collaborative state level Research-Industry-Farmer-Extension Interaction workshop on Freshwater Aquaculture Development in Odisha at Kausalyaganga during 27-28 June 2015 to draw up a strategic plan for fisheries development in Odisha.
While inaugurating the workshop, Sri Pradeep Maharathy, Minister for Agriculture Fisheries & ARD, Govt. of Odisha said that the state fisheries department has set a target to double the fish production in next five years.
Shri Bishnupada Sethi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department said that the interaction workshop was a unique opportunity, wherein Research scientists and Development administrators are meeting with a single agenda of developing fisheries in Odisha.
Dr P. Jayasankar Director, ICAR-CIFA said that the workshop would look forward to assess and document the research and development need of 10 agro climatic zones of Odisha and would develop a strategy for strengthening Research-Industry-Farmer-Extension linkage for aquaculture development.
CIFA profile, CIFA annual Report (2014-15), Technology handouts in Odia and Policy brief were released on the occasion.
Dr. J. K. Jena, Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Shri P. Krishna Mohan, Director of Fisheries, Odisha, officers from Directorate of Fisheries, Cuttack; Directors of the ICAR fisheries institutes, Deputy Directors of fisheries, District Fishery Officers, representatives of farmers, bank, feed industry, scientists, state fishery departments from Jharkhand, Assam, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh participated in the workshop. The workshop was attended by around 180 delegates.
Following were the major recommendations of the interaction workshop:
- Capacity building programme for the officials and farmers of the state shall be arranged by the department in collaboration with ICAR-CIFA.
- The ongoing resource mapping study should be expedited integrating with ICT.
- For aquaculture diversification brood seeds of diversified species will be made available from ICAR-CIFA to the state department hatcheries.
- A dedicated scheme should be implemented by the Odisha State Fisheries Department to encourage the seed growers especially to produce the quality fingerling/yearling.
- State should initiate the hatchery accreditation process with the technical support of ICAR–CIFA and ICAR-NBFGR.
- Awareness programmes should be organized for the use of feed in aquaculture to increase the productivity and use of farm made feed should be encouraged for small and marginal farmers.
Sri J B Dash, Addl Director Fisheries, Odisha proposed vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar)