Skill development programme to Mayurbhanj farmers of Odisha was inaugurated at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore

A 4-days training programme for the farmers from Mayurbhanj District, Odisha was inaugurated by Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI on 23 Dec, 2016 at ICAR-CIFRI Head Quarter, Barrackpore. A total of 31 fish farmers including two women, six tribal fishermen, six Deptt. Officials and one NGO participated in this training programme. During inauguration programme, Dr. B. K. Das emphasized on the importance of the skill development of the farmers on various aspects of inland fisheries management to secure their life and livelihood. The training module was developed targeting need based problems of the fishers and suggestions, so as to bridging the gap of present day knowledge on fisheries and aquaculture than what they have been practicing. All the participants from Mayurbhanj District have one or more ponds of their own mostly of perennial type. The district also have lots of inland water bodies including reservoirs and canals. So, there is an ample scope of livelihood improvement through development of inland fisheries in this district. The training programme is aiming at developing knowledge up-scaling, skill and attitude of the farmers towards inland fisheries management. The programme is further targeted to strengthen the practical skill of the farmers for enhancing the fish production in open waters viz., reservoirs, canals, ponds & tanks etc. through field practicals, field exposure visits, demonstrations and class room sessions. Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division interacted with the farmers and stressed on culture and management of small indigenous fishes because of their importance in eradicating malnutrition especially in rural areas of Mayurbhanj, Odisha. The training programme is coordinated by Dr. A. K Das, I/C E & T Cell and Co-coordinated by Dr. Pranaya Kumar Parida.