Three-day training programme on advance fish culture practices inaugurated
A three-day training programme for skill development and capacity building in fisheries sector for the Financial Year (FY) 2018-19 on “Advance Fish Culture Practices for Enhancing Fish Production” was kicked off on March 14 at the training hall of directorate of Fisheries, Lamphel.
The programme was organised by department of Fisheries under the sponsorship of National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad.
A press release issued from directorate of Fisheries stated that the inaugural programme was attended by director of Fisheries, Bidyarani Ayekpam; director (Extension) of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal; R.K. Saha and senior scientist (Fishery), ICAR for NEH Region, Lamphel, Ch. Basudha Devi as chief guest and guests of honour respectively.
It also witnessed the attendance of several experts from ICAR, KVKs and from other institutions took part in the function as resource persons
Speaking on the occasion, Bidyarani stated that Manipur has high potential for fish production in comparison to other Northeast states. “The department of Fisheries is giving due importance to augment the gap between production and requirement of the state; but it will not be able to achieve the target unless the state government or central government do not provide any financial assistance in the form of subsidy or grants to the fish farmers,” she said.
Bidyarani also suggested the farmers to change their fish-farming patterns by using high yielding variety seeds in order to generate higher income.
R.K. Saha said, “Fishery as a state of art is a lucrative trade and even have high potential as well but we are still not able to meet the per capita consumption requirement of the state.”
He stated that directorate of Extension Education, CAU Imphal has received funding from NFDB for the setting up of an ‘Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory’ which may be functional after some years. “This will give good chance to the farmers in identifying fish diseases, soil and water quality testing amongst others,” R.K. Saha added.
Ch. Basudha, in her speech, compared the quantity of production of fish between Manipur and Andhra Pradesh stating that the average fish production in the State is less than 1000 Kg/hectare whereas in Andhra Pradesh it is more than 7000 Kg/hectare. “The state will be self-reliant in fish production if the farmers are able to produce on an average of 3000 Kg/hectare,” she said.
The training programme was attended by 55 fish farmers from Imphal West district.
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