Capacity building & skill development program for farmers of Sheikhpura, Bihar was inaugurated at ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore

A 7-days training programme for the farmers from Sheikhpura District, Bihar has been inaugurated by Dr. B.K Das, Director, CIFRI on 25 Jan, 2017 at ICAR-CIFRI Head Quarter, Barrackpore. A total of 25 fishers including five tribal fishermen took part in the programme. Dr. B.K Das, during inaugural session, stressed on the needs of capacity building through up-scaling knowledge of the farmers on various aspects of inland fisheries management to eradicate malnutrition in rural Bihar and secure their livelihood. The training module was framed and being regularly upgraded after consulting with the trainee farmers and the feedback thus received got refined and incorporated accordingly. There are perennial and seasonal water bodies with some mauns and chaurs in Sheikhpura, providing ample scope of livelihood improvement through development of inland fisheries in this district. ICAR-CIFRI is aiming at developing knowledge gap, skill and attitude of the farmers towards inland fisheries management during the program. The programme is also targeted 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. B. P. Mohanty, Head, FREM Division interacted with the farmers and gave an overview on importance of small indigenous fish species (SIFS) and their role in eradicating mal nutrition in rural people. The training programme is well coordinated by Dr. A.K Das, I/C E & T Cell and Co-coordinated by Dr. Aparna Roy and Mr. Tasso Tayung.