FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
JORHAT, July 10: The tiol Fish Farmers’ Day was celebrated in the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) today by organizing an awareness meeting along with the iuguration of the new Administrative cum Laboratory building of Fisheries Research Center, AAU by Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa in the presence of the Vice Chancellor of AAU K.M Bujazbaruah besides a host of other dignitaries.
MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa addressing the gathering said, “I feel immensely honoured for inviting me to iugurate the Administrative cum Laboratory building of the Fisheries Research Center at AAU build at a total cost of 1.10 Crores and happy to get a chance to interact with the all those farmers present in the meeting who have come from different parts of the State. I firmly believe that the new building and the projects related to fisheries undertaken by the AAU would travel beyond the university and reach the land so as to benefit the farmers actively engaged with traditiol as well as modern methods of fisheries. As we all know the present state departments of the fisheries and the agriculture is at shambles with no any initiation of new projects or schemes”.
MP K.P Tasa further said, “Though there are lots of research papers done by scientists but have no implementation at all which is basically due to lack of resource, printing and publishing materials because of which the very essence of the research papers relating to various subjects fall short of achieving a determined goal to make the state self dependent on agriculture and fisheries which is the the backbone of every economy. There is a lack of state and political leadership which is borne by the fact that the present building I iugurated today should have been completed and dedicated towards the research community at least a decade ago. Today the need of the hour is integrated farming techniques. And keeping in view the large number of unemployed youths of the state, the AAU and the fisheries department would strive forward to help the educated unemployed youths to become economically self dependent”.
Earlier Girindra th Hazarika, scientist and Senior Research Coorditor spoke at length about the importance of the fisheries related awareness camp on the occasion of the tiol Fish and Farmers’ Day and said, “Out of the world’s total production of 156 million tonnes of fish, India occupied the 3rd position by producing about 9.5 million tonnes of which 3.4 million tonnes were marine fish while another 6 million tonnes were the products of fresh water, ponds and other tural water systems. While the Inland Fish production is increasing Assam too has a great potential from its water resources to niche a me in fish production. One example is the farmers of gaon and Morigaon who are adopting fish culture along with Boro rice cultivation in the fields and I am sure Assam is just short of achieving a blue revolution”.
Later in the day a demonstration program was held in the premises of the newly iugurated building. MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa took stock of the various methods of fishing including hatchery and inducing methods and interacted with VC K.M Bujarbaruah.