ICAR-CIFRI successfully completed one month feeding trial on women to minimize the nutritional gap

Last Updated on 12.02.2017

ICAR-CIFRI conducted one month feeding trial by including Small Indigenous Fishes (SIF) in the regular dietary regime of women at Madanganj village of Namkhana Block, Sunderbans. A health camp was conducted on 12th February, 2017 at Madanganj, Namkhana to clinically assess the nutritional gap of the women. The blood sample analysis also depicts that 20% women are anaemic and more than 40% women are having blood calcium lower than the reference range.

One month feeding trial for thirty women was conducted in collaboration with the Madanganj Fishermen Cooperative society and ICDS centre including SIF in their regular diet. After the one month feeding trial, another health camp was organized on 20th March, 2017 to assess the impact of recommended feeding practices in bridging the nutritional gap. Analysis of blood samples also shows an increasing trend in blood Calcium and blood Phosphorus due to inclusion of SIF in their daily diet.

ICAR-CIFRI also established a conservation site for SIF in Madanganj Village and five demonstration ponds for showcasing the economical benefits of culturing SIFs with other species. To generate awareness among the villagers and the people of Namkhana Block regarding the nutritional value of available SIFs in Sunderban areas, pamphlets were distributed among the villagers and posters were distributed to the community leaders, BDO, BMOH, Dwariknagar Gramin Hospital of Namkana Block.

The feeding trial programme was co-ordinated by Dr. Aparna Roy, Dr. Md. Aftabuddin and Dr. P. Parida under the able guidance and close monitoring by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, CIFRI. The programme was well appreciated by the local populace.

Feeding trial on women to minimize the nutritional gap

Health camp

Health camp