Awareness Program on 'Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance' organized at East Medinipur, West Bengal on 25th August 2016

ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore organized one day Awareness Program on 'Fish and Shrimp Disease Surveillance' at Meen Bhawan, Contai in East Medinipur district of West Bengal on 25th August 2016 under NFDB sponsored 'National Surveillance Program for Aquatic animal Diseases Project'. Dr. B. K. Behera, Principal Investigator of the project welcomed all the participants. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI in his inaugural address emphasized on the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Shrimp farming. He said that good quality fish and shrimp seed along with good water quality management and good quality shrimp and fish feed is very important for preventing the disease occurrence. Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Head, Fisheries Resource and Environmental Management Division, ICAR-CIFRI highlighted the nutritional significance of fish and shrimp in human health. Shri Ramkrishna Sardar, Assistant Director (Marine Fisheries) of East Medinipur, Department of Fisheries, Government of West Bengal in his address opined that, Shrimp culture has become a profitable farming option for fishers of East Medinipur district, however there is an urgent need for sustainable shrimp aquaculture in the region.


In Technical Session I, Dr. B. K. Behera, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI gave a brief presentation on need of fish disease surveillance in aquatic organism in present context and Shrimp Diseases and its management. During the presentation, he expressed his concern on the maximum loss in shrimp farming is attributed due to diseases and that occur due to lack of proper management and environmental problems. Shri Ganesh Chandra, Scientist (SG), ICAR-CIFRI sensitized all the farmers on economic loss caused due to fish and shrimp diseases. Shri Bibekananda Mallick, Aquaculture- Technical Professional of Novozymes gave a brief presentation on Best Management Practices in Aquaculture.


In Technical Session II, Farmers-Scientist interactive session was organized. In this session, Shrimp Farmers asked questions on water quality management, remedial measures for shrimp disease, slow growth syndrome etc, which was answered by Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI.

Shri Gurai Chandra Singh, Assistant Director (Inland Fisheries), East Medinipur, Senior Officers and Staffs of State Fisheries Department, Government of West Bengal and ICAR-CIFRI were present on this occasion. 75 shrimp farmers from West Bengal participated in this program.