Bhubaneswar,10/07/2016 ( Odisha Samachar )- The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture observed the 16th National Fish Farmers’ Day at its Kausalyaganga campus here on 10th July 2016 Sunday. The day is commemorated in remembrance of scientists Dr K H Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957. Addressing the gathering, ICAR-CIFA Director Dr. P. Jayasankar said the invention is hailed as a landmark achievement in the history of fishery in India and abroad. During the last over 2 decades of devoted research, the institute has contributed significantly toward development for breeding and culture of economically important fish and shellfish, use of plastics in aquaculture like FRP portable hatchery, feeds for different life stages of fish, disease diagnostics kits, improved rohu Jayanti, CIFABROODTM, Hybridization detection kit and other useful technologies for the farmers.
Prof Surendranath Pasupalak, the Vice Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) was the Chief guest on this occasion.
Dr. A.K. Nayak, Director, NRRI was the guest of the honour on this occasion.
Around 80 fish farmers from Odisha were present at the event. Thirteen fish farmers from different parts of India were felicitated for their contributions to the development of freshwater aquaculture. The awardees also shared their experience in fish farming with the audience.
A scientist-farmer interaction session was also organized on the day aiming at providing solution to the problems faced by the farmers in pisciculture.
Dr. B.K. Das Principal Scientist, Fish Health and Management Division, proposed the vote of thanks.