ICAR-CIFRI organized Fish Health Awareness Camp at East Kolkata Wetlands

ICAR-CIFRI organized a fish health awareness camp under National Aquatic Surveillance Programme on Aquatic Animal Diseases and Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme at Bantala village in East Kolkata Wetland area on 5th November 2016, in collaboration with Department of fisheries, Govt. of West Bengal. The East Kolkata Wetlands, a Ramsar site, is famous for sewage fed fish farming but susceptible to fish diseases outbreak which may cause severe losses to the fish farmers. This Awareness camp was organized with the objective to sensitize the people of East Kolkata wetland areas about fish health and to secure sustainable livelihoods and nutritional security for them. The programme was presided over by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, CIFRI, Dr. V.V. Sadamate, former advisor of the Planning Commission and Dr. Priyanshi, Environmentalist, Institute of International Water Management graced the occasion as guests of honour. Dr. B.K das, Director, CIFRI interacted with the farmers and suggested strategies to solve the problems raised by the farmers. He also advised the farmers to introduce feeding management practices for better management of fish health for increases productivity. On spot fish disease diagnosis and water quality analysis was also done by team CIFRI, based on which proper recommendations were given to the farmers. Dr. Priyanshi praised Dr. B.K. Das and his team for reaching the unreached. She also emphasized the importance of understanding the changes currently happening in the wetlands for various environmental and man-made reasons to secure the livelihoods for the fishermen community. Dr. V.V. Sadamate emphasised that such type of extension activities should be accelerated to minimize the research-farmer gap. The issues related to ecosystem based fisheries management was addressed by Dr. U.K Sarkar, HOD, RWF Division. Dr. Tapas Paria, ADF, DoF, Govt of WB also addressed the farmers. The concept of Swachh Bharat was also imbibed among the participants. More than 70 fishermen including 9 fisher women, and members of four primary fishermen cooperative societies participated in the programme. Dr. S. Samanta, Dr. A.K. Das, Dr. B.K. Behera, Dr. U.K. Sarkar, Dr. A.K. Sahu, Dr. Aparna Roy, Dr. Rohan Raman, Dr. S.N. Sahu, Dr. S. Bhawmik, Shri Sujit Choudhury, Shri S. Bandyopadhyay, Shri Atanu Das and Shri Manabendra Roy accompanied the Director, CIFRI in this endeavor.