ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore celebrated world Fisheries Day at Nutri-smart village Madanganj in Namkhana block of Sundarban, West Bengal on 21 November 2016. A special programme was organized on this occasion for popularization of Small indigenous fish species for livelihood enhancement in Sundarban region. Dr B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI welcomed all the dignitaries and farmers to the special programme and detailed them with the work carried out by this institute in Sundarban region. He emphasized that the small indigenous fish are more nutritious having micronutrients than Indian major carp and exotic carp. He told the farmers that intake of these fishes in daily meal will provide the required quantity of micronutrients and vitamins to the family. He stressed that culturing these fishes will give more income to the fishers as they fetch more price than carp fish. In his address the chief guest Dr. Purnendu Biswas, Vice Chancellor of West Bengal University of Animal Science and Fisheries, Kolkata said that in today's world nutritionally important small fishes are more important for children as this will provide them required micronutrients. There is a need to develop a value chain for SIFs. Dr. V. R. Suresh, Head REF division, CIFRI stressed on the conservation of these fish species for sustainability in production. Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee, Additional Director, Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal in her address called all the fishers to participate in this programme. Dr. U. K. Sarkar, Head RWF division, CIFRI proposed the vote of thanks.
Institute's leaflets namely Small Indigenous Fishes for nutritional security of the rural economy (in Bangla and English) and Hilsa calendar in Bangla was released on this occasion.
Technical session on culture and nutritional aspects of small indigenous fisheries was organized on this occasion for the benefit of the farmers.
Earlier Seed bank of Small Indigenous Fishes was inaugurated under the Nutritional village project at Madanganj in Namkhana block of Sundarban area by the Chief Guest.
Shri Rajib Ahmad, Block development Officer, Namkhana, Dr. Gaur Hari Patra, Project Officer, Sundarban Development Board, Government of West Bengal, Shrimati Rinku Das, Panchayat Samiti Pradhan, Namkhana, Dr. T. K. Ghosal, Officer-in-Charge, KRC of CIBA, Kakdwip were also present on this occasion. More than 250 fishers and fisherwomen participated in this programme.