Bhubaneswar , 24/3 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : A State level livelihood workshop under the aegis of NAIP was organized at CIFA, Kausalyaganga Campus in joint collaboration of Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture & Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar. Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES) and Central Avian Research Institute (CARI), Bhubaneswar are partners in the project led by CIFA. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been working for the livelihood enhancement of the farmers in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal and Kalahandi districts of Odisha under National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) implemented in the state. The project has enhanced the productivity and livelihood of the farmers significantly through improvement in horticulture, livestock and aquaculture at the village level.
Dr Manoranjan Kar, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr M.L.Bhowmik, eminent scientist on aquaculture and Dr Niranjan Sarangi, Former Director CIFA had participated as the Guest of honor in the workshop. The distinguished guests had laid emphasis on the fact that effective extension of agricultural technologies to the farmers could only benefit the farmers. More than 200 scientists, government officials, grass root functionaries and farmers working in the field of horticulture, animal husbandry and aquaculture had participated in the constructive discussion during the interactive session. At the outset, Dr. P. Jayasankar, Director of CIFA inaugurating the workshop had addressed the participants on the improvements in agriculture practices and benefits accrued to the farmers from this project.
Dr. S.K. Swain, Consortium Principal Investigator, CIFA had presented the achievements of CIFA-CHES-CARI project. Dr. Basudev Behera, Project Leader, NAIP, OUAT, Bhubaneswar presented salient achievements made by OUAT.