SHILLONG: A stakeholder consultation-cum-training programme on ‘Cage Culture in Umiam Reservoir, Meghalaya’ was organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Regional Centre, Guwahati, in collaboration with Fisheries Division of ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam at Umniuh Khwan village of Umiam, Meghalaya.
The training programme was held under the TSP programme of ICAR-CIFRI.
Dr S Hazarika, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer, TSP, ICAR RC for NEHR, Umiam stated that many welfare schemes of the government of India are implemented in the northeast States with moderate success mainly because of discontinuation of any schemes once the government support is withdrawn. Dr Hazarika urged the fish farmers to continue cage culture even after withdrawal of government support so that it sets a good example for the fish farmers.
Paul Tariang, Superintendent of Fisheries, Ri-Bhoi district stated that Meghalaya has sizeable fisheries resources in the form of reservoirs, rivers, wetlands and ponds.
He however said that, Meghalaya still meets much of its demand for fish consumed in the State from outside.
Tariang encouraged the fish farmers to take utmost interest for making this project a success even beyond the project period so that similar government support may be expected in future.
During the technical session on cage culture, resource persons from the two institutes interacted with the fish farmers and explained to them in simple local language with the help of a translator on different aspect of cage culture including feeding schedules and monitoring.