DG, ICAR Emphasized on Scientific Management of Natural Resources for Fisheries Growth

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR visited ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore Kolkata on 15th June 2016. In his address to the scientists and staff members of this institute, he said that this institute is growing due to the contribution of many leaders of yesteryears who built this institution and he congratulated the CIFRIANs for being part of this legacy. Fish production of India has grown 12.5 times since independence despite the natural calamities, rising temperatures, pollution, heavy metal contamination and all such odds,largely because of the contribution of inland fisheries and aquaculture.This inland fisheries growth in India is led by CIFRI and has been achieved without much contribution from CGIAR centers.This growth was due to the informed decision making by this institute peers. He said "we all scientists have to realize the contribution of this institute. I want to remind you that you all are a part of great institution which has past glories and please continue doing the good work to make it reach greater heights."


Dr. Mohapatra emphasized that now time has come up to see the big differences between the periods of 1950-60 to the present. The institute scientists should visit few of the locations and see what the changes occurred in size of the resources, habitat characteristics, biodiversity of the open water-bodies and the impact of pollution and climate change on these resources over the decades. He said, "I must appreciate the work done by this institute in mapping of open-water resources of different states on GIS platform; through this exercise, in next five years, we could see how much area of water resources we have lost and how much available for optimal management of these natural resources".

The DG stressed that our effort should be to improve the production system, enabling the forward and backward linkages. He emphasized that the Honourable Prime Minister has given the call for "Blue Revolution" and this institute has to play a very big role in this endeavour.

He quoted the great verse from Bhagwat Gita "“कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥“ and emphasized that we must keep on performing our duties without being attached to the result; our philosophy must be 'work is worship'.


Earlier Dr. V. R. Suresh, Director (Acting) of the institute extended a warm welcome to Secretary DARE & DG ICAR to this institute and gave a brief presentation of activities and achievements of ICAR-CIFRI. Dr. J. K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Sciences) emphasized on the role played by this institute as the leader of inland fisheries during last seven decades.

Dr. Gopal Krishna, Director cum Vice Chancellor (Acting) ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai and Dr. P. G. Karmakar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore were also present on this occasion. Dr. B. P.Mohanty, Head, FREM Division proposed the vote of thanks.


Secretary DARE & DG ICAR also visited different laboratories of the institute and interacted with scientists and appreciated the work of the scientists.