From a Correspondent
Dibrugarh, March 23: A two-day training programme on soil and water quality magement for aquaculture systems, organised by ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai and Jeeva-Suraksha, Sivasagar at DHSK College concluded recently. The programme was organised in active collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Government of Assam. A total of 70 participants including the officials of the State department and progressive farmers from different states of North East, particularly, Assam, Meghalaya and Aruchal Pradesh participated in the special programme that was put together under Tribal Sub Plan Programme. The event was iugurated by the Chief Executive Councillor of Mising Autonomous Council, Paramanda Chayengia in presence of Prof SP Biswas of Dibrugarh University, Principal of DHSK College, Dr. Sashi Kanta Saikia and Principal Scientist of CIFE Kolkata Centre, Dr B. K Mahapatra.
The chief guest, in his address, briefed the gathering on the present status of aquaculture in North East and mentioned that such initiatives would help in increasing the fish production, and accordingly minimize the gap between demand and supply. A booklet on “Wetland shrinkage of Assam and the conservation needs”, authored by Dr Bania and her team, and published by Dr Krish was also released in the iugural function by the chief guest.
Dr Mahapatra highlighted the importance of soil and water quality for maximizing tural productivity. He also underscored the significance of phytoplankton and zooplankton with respective to the survival of fishes. Dr Biswas, while appreciating the fish biodiversity of North East stressed the need of proper magement practices for better production. Dr Kiran Dubey, in her speech, mentioned that many areas of the region had acidic soil, conditions that were detrimental for the fishes.
Earlier, Dr Ranjita Bania, local co-orditor of the programme welcomed the participants and appreciated the initiative taken by the Director of ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai, Dr Gopal Krish for development of the region. She also regretted that in spite of the great potential of aquaculture in North East, both in terms of diversified fish germ-plasm and water resource, the region was lagging behind in fish production due to improper magement practices.