To aware the fishermen about the technology, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore has organized three awareness program on “Demonstration of Drone Technology in Inland Open Water Fisheries” in three wetlands of West Bengal viz. Chamta wetland, North 24 Parganas; Khalsi wetland, Nadia and Sindrani wetland, North 24 Parganas on 11.4.2023, 12.4.2023 and 13.4.2023 respectively under the ICAR Agri-Drone project coordinated by ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata. These awareness programs were planned under the supervision and guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI aiming to educate the farmers about the scope of the technology in their fish farming. In the program, Mr. Kausik Mondal, Technical officer and drone pilot of ICAR-CIFRI has briefed about the drone system and its applications in the field.
After that Agri-drone system was operated to fly over the waterbodies and sprayed disinfects in the water area. Ms. Chayna Jana, Scientist & Coordinator of the project interacted with the farmers and discussed about the benefits of the technology. Fishermen also took active part to know about the technology and showed their interest to use the system in their fish farming specially for macrophyte controls, pesticide and disinfect spraying. A total of 120 fishermen were present in these three awareness programs.