Interactive Workshop on Aquatic Animal Diseases organized by ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, NE Regional Centre Guwahati, Assam under National Surveillance Programme on Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD)
Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, in his inaugural address welcomed the participants and emphasized on developing fisheries in the North Eastern region with assurance of technical support and co-operation from the Institute. He outlined the activities carried out by the institute in the state under NSPAAD. In his inaugural address Dr A. K. Sahu, DBT Visiting Professor and former Head Aquaculture Production, ICAR- CIFA emphasized on the need of open water fisheries development in the north eastern region.
Mr. M. C. Jauhari, IAS, Principal Secretary Fisheries, Government of Assam, outlined the steps initiated by Department of Fisheries, Government of Assam for attaining self-sufficiency in fish production. He stated that at present the state is producing 2.94 lakh tonnes against a demand of 3.25 lakh tonnes, hereby reducing the gap to 42000 tonnes. The Department has launched an ambitious scheme "Ghare ghare pukhuri, ghare ghare machh" for increasing area covered under pond aquaculture in 25,000 villages of the state. He requested the Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore to provide technical backstopping for fish disease management to the Department by entering into an MOU. The Principal Secretary released the Workshop manual. He urged the Institute to prepare publications in regional languages (Assamese, Bodo, Karbi, Bangla).
The technical session which followed enlightened the farmers on various topics as chemotherapy and aquaculture medicine, breeding of magur and larval rearing, prevailing fish diseases in Assam and best management practices in aquaculture. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI; Dr. A. K. Sahu, DBT Visiting Professor; Dr. B. P. Mohanty, HOD, FREM Division; Dr. B. K. Behera, PI, NSPAAD project, CIFRI; Dr. A. K. Sahoo, Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI; Dr. K. K. Tamuli, Dean and Dr. B. Kalita, HOD, Aquaculture, College of Fisheries (AAU), Raha, acted as resource persons in the workshop.
Shri Parimal Suklabaidya, Honourable Minister of PWD, Fisheries and Excise, Government of Assam and Shri Bimal Borah, Hon'ble MLA, Tingkhong constituency, Assam graced the valedictory session of the workshop. In his lecture the Hon'ble Minister emphasized on making Assam self-sufficient in fish production. He iterated the need and importance of controlling fish disease to reduce economic losses. He also highlighted the recent initiatives of Government of Assam to bring about blue revolution in the state and to make Assam self-sufficient in fish production as well as improving the export of fish from the state. The Hon'ble Minister and Sri Bimal Borah, Hon'ble MLA, Tingkhong constituency released the English and Assamese versions of leaflets on 'Nutritional significance of fish in our diet'.
A total of 77 participants including fish farmers (31) and Fishery Extension Officers, Deputy Director and Joint Director (29) from Department of Fisheries covering 17 districts of Assam; officials from National Fisheries Development Board Regional Centre, Guwahati; College of Fisheries (AAU), Raha, FISHCOPFED Regional Centre, Guwahati, Fisheries NGO and private sector enterprises participated in the workshop.
The interactive workshop concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Dr. B. K. Bhattacharyya, Head, North Eastern Regional centre of ICAR-CIFRI, Guwahati.