BAKSA: The National Fish Farmers' Day, 2022-cum-National Campaign on 'Emerging Aquaculture Systems and Practices' was celebrated by ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Regional Centre (CIFRI RC), Guwahati at Charan Beel in the Baksa district on Sunday.
According to a press release, the programme was organized under the overall guidance of Dr BK Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, and Dr BK Bhattacharjya, Head (Acting), ICAR-CIFRI RC, Guwahati. Dr Rajesh Kumar, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Zone-VI, Guwahati acted as the chief guest of the programme. Dr AK Yadav, Dr Pronob Das, Dr SCS Das, Senior Scientists; Dr S Borah, Scientist, and A Kakati, STA, acted as resource persons in the programme. The programme was attended by more than 60 tribal fishers/ farmers (including 15 women) of the locality under the Dhulabari Charanpar Janajati Unnayan Samity, Deulkuchi led by Naren Basumatary (president) and Jadu Swargiary (secretary).
Dr Pronob Das welcomed the guests and participants for the programme. He explained the purpose of the day-long programme. He also briefed about the role of ICAR-CIFRI for development of open water fisheries in the Northeast region. Amulya Kakati spoke about history and significance of National Fish Farmers' Day. Dr Simanku Borah briefly explained about the interventions of ICAR-CIFRI in Charan Beel. Jadu Swargiary thanked ICAR-CIFRI for their support in the form scientific and technical guidance, training to the fishers and for providing input materials (fish seed, CIFRI CAGEGROW feed, CIFRI HDPE pen, etc.,) for supplementary stocking and pen culture in the beel. He also informed the gathering about enhancement of fish production of Charan Beel and fishers' income post ICAR-CIFRI interventions.
Dr SCS Das briefly explained about the advancement of aquaculture technologies. Dr Rajesh Kumar congratulated ICAR-CIFRI for organizing such a field programme for the tribal fish farmers. He urged the fishers to adopt integrated approach in aquaculture for overall development. He promised to provide further support from ICAR-ATARI through KVK, Baksa district. Dr BK Bhattacharjya urged the local fishers to continue fish stock enhancement and pen culture on their own beyond the project period. He promised to provide technical support to the local community.