In an attempt to increase the fish production in Baghua reservoir under Nayagarh district in Odisha and making the local fishers to be sustainable in next one year, ICAR-CIFRI had organised an awareness cum demonstration programme on Reservoir fisheries management and Pen culture here.
The programme was jointly organized by ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Rotary club of Bhubaneswar Royal, Odisha and Directorate of Fisheries, Govt. of Odisha under Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) of ICAR-CIFRI.
Speaking to the fishers, Dr B K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI said, “Our motto is to make the local SC fishers sustainable in terms of fish production and reservoir management. CIFRI is providing them seed, feed and technology. Fish production can be increased manifold in coming one year, if the local fishers work sincerely under the supervision of scientists and technical experts.”
Dr. Das also stated the importance of pen culture for in-situ seed raising upto advance fingerling size of more than 100 mm size as stocking material for reservoirs.
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore has executed Schedule Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) programme in various reservoirs and wetlands of India for the fisheries development.
Under SCSP programme,ICAR-CIFRI adopted Baghua reservoir keeping in mind, the potential fish yield of the reservoir and the present production, which is much lower than its actual potential.
Among others, the programme was graced by the State Fisheries Officials ( P.R. Rout, Joint Director, S. Acharya, Deputy Director and S.K. Mohanty, Deputy Director) and members of Rotary club of Bhubaneswar Royal, Odisha.
On this occasion, the fingerlings of Indian Major Carp (IMC) were stocked in pen for the raising of stocking material for reservoir. Different fisheries implements like HDPE pen, fish seed, floating fish feed and mechanized FRP boat were distributed to the Primary Fishermen Cooperative Society of Baghua reservoir where majority of fishermen community were SC.
Previously, ICAR-CIFRI also provided the hands-on trainings cum field demonstration on Inland fisheries management to the fishers of Baghua reservoirs for the scientific management of the water body. Considering the pandemic COVID-19 situation all the precautionary measures were taken care and the face masks and sanitizers were distributed to all the participants. The programme was coordinated by M.H. Ramteke,Dr. P. K. Parida, Dr.Lianthuamluaia, and H.S. Swain under the supervision of Dr. B.K. Das, Director ICAR-CIFRI.