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