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CIFA holds scientists-farmers meet in Odisha’s Banpur


Bhubaneswar, May 25: With an aim to make villagers aware about fish culture, the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar has organised a scientist-farmers’ interaction meet on “Freshwater aquaculture as livelihood option for tribal farmers” at Aranga village under Niladriprasad gram panchayat of Banpur block in Khordha district.

ICAR-CIFA organised the programme under its Tribal Sub-Plan Programme (TSP) in collaboration with Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme and SC/ST Project of Department of Biotechnology of the Union Government on Tuesday.

ICAR-CIFA had adopted 20 villages of the panchayat (25 ponds of 21 acre water area) as Area Saturation Model of fishery technology dissemination programme and supplied aquaculture inputs such as, lime, fish seed and feed to the beneficiaries.

The meeting was attended by PK Mohan, ICAR-CIFA Director Dr P Jayasankar, besides officials from various line departments and over 300 fish farmers of Niladriprasad panchayat.

The ICAR-CIFA Director apprised the farmers that the institute would establish portable carp hatchery for quality fish seed production in the area. He along with other dignitaries distributed floating fish feed to the farmers of 20 villages. Scientist NK Barik coordinated the programme and Principal Scientist Dr P Das proposed vote of thanks.

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