Training cum Mass Awareness programme for Tribal community of Sagar Island for Utilization of derelict open water for indigenous fish

ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore conducted a "Training cum Mass Awareness programme for Utilization of derelict open water to rear and produce indigenous fish for socio economic development of Tribal community" at Sagar Island during 16-18 September 2016. Village Khan Saheber Abad and Khas Ramkarer Char are tribal dominated two villages located in Sagar Island of South Twenty Four Parganas district, West Bengal. Institute has initiated a programme for Empowerment of rural tribal through sustainable fisheries and utilization of open water bodies for Livelihood security. Beneficiaries are sensitized and trained by the Institute for fish culture in unutilized water bodies. During three days programme interaction with Scientists and beneficiaries were held. The knowledge of villagers on efficient water management and livelihood improvement through maximum utilization of underutilized water bodies for fish culture was enriched through interaction and demonstration. Stocking of different type of fishes in right ratio and density was discussed and they were warned to remove highly carnivores fish like Paku (Piaractus brachypomus) from the culture system. A programme was organized on 17th September 2016 to distribute inputs required by them.


The programme was presided by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore. It was witnessed by Dr. B. P. Mohanty, Pr Scientist and Head FREM Division, ICAR-CIFRI, Dr. M.K.Bandyopadhyay, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer, TSP, Dr. Archana Sinha, Principal Scientist and In-Charge ICAR- CIFRI, Kolkata Shri N. K. Jha, Administrative Officer, ICAR-CIFRI; Smt. Mala Sinha, Pradhan, Khas Ramkarer Char Panchayat Samiti, Smt. Anita Maity, Sabhapati, Sagar Panchyat Samity; Shri. Jagdish Chandra Barui, Joint BDO, Sagar; Shri Sukdev Nath, Secretary, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Society; Shri. Ashok Kumar Das, FEO, Sagar, Department of Fisheries, W.B.; Shri. Kanai Hembram, President, Adivasi Sangha , Khas Ramkarer Char. A total of 12 nos. Cast nets, 2 nos. drag nets, nets & rope for fencing the water bodies and one 5 HP water pump were distributed by the institute to the beneficiaries. Tribal community presented traditional dance to welcome the guests. A total of 250 farmers participated out of which 150 were tribal women farmers. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Archana Sinha, Principal Scientist and Officer-In-Charge, ICAR-CIFRI, Kolkata Centre.