Up-scaling of knowledge through training for farmers of Bhagalpur, Bihar was inaugurated at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore

A 7-days training programme for the farmers from Bhagalpur District, Bihar was inaugurated by Dr. B.K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI on 16 December 2016 at ICAR-CIFRI Head Quarter, Barrackpore. A total of 26 fishers including four tribal fishermen took part in the programme. While inaugurating the programme, Dr. B.K. Das invoked on the needs of skill development of the farmers on various facets of inland fisheries management to eradicate poverty and malnutrition in rural India ensuring their livelihood. The training module was framed after interacting with the farmers and the feedback received from the previous batches, which was refined accordingly. In Bhagalpur District, there are perennial and seasonal ponds, reservoirs, canals including mauns & chaurs of Gangetic origin. So, there is an ample scope of livelihood improvement through development of inland fisheries in this district. In this training programme, ICAR-CIFRI is aiming at developing knowledge gap, skill and attitude of the farmers towards inland fisheries management. The programme has been oriented to strengthen the practical skills of the farmers for enhancing the fish production in open waters including ponds & tanks, through on-field exposure visits and field demonstrations besides class room sessions. Dr. U. K. Sarkar, Head, RWF Division interacted with the farmers and gave an overview of enhancing fisheries in floodplain wetlands. The training programme was well coordinated by Dr. A.K Das, I/C E & T Cell and Co-coordinated by Dr. Aparna Roy and Mr. Satyanarayan Sahoo.