ICAR-CIFRI Celebrated National Fish Farmers Day, 2016

ICAR - Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute celebrated National Fish Farmers' Day at Barrackpore on 10th July 2016. The celebration began with floral tribute to Late Prof. Hiralal Chowdhury, the architect of induced breeding of Indian Major Carps that resulted in blue revolution in the country. Prof. Purnendu Biswas, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Sri Silbhadra Dutta, Member of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. More than 100 farmers, State Government Officials, CIFRI Scientists, Research Scholars and office staff members attended the function. Six progressive fish farmers, representing West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand were given "Best Fish Farmer Award 2016" by the Institute.


The Chief Guest, Prof. Purnendu Biswas, in his address emphasized that, State Government, ICAR - CIFRI, Universities, Entrepreneurs and Fish farmers need to join hands for judicious utilization of the resources for the development of Fisheries Sector. He called for more interaction between innovative farmers of different States. Sri Silbhadra Dutta, emphasized on more collaborative work through Centre-State coordination for farmers' welfare and bringing research findings to for farmers field. Addressing the gathering, CIFRI Director (Acting) Dr. V. R. Suresh said that, scientists of CIFRI are striving for developing sustainable open water fisheries management in the country.


He informed that CIFRI has organized capacity building programmes for about 500 farmers from various states of India viz. Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Jharkhad, etc during, 2015-16.The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. A.K. Das, Principal Scientist and I/C Extension and Training Cell, CIFRI.