Field day and harvest mela at tribal village Manmathapur-Mundapara, WB on 10-12-14


A Field day and harvest mela was conducted on 10th December, 2014 under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) scheme entitled “Sustainable livelihood improvement of tribal communities in coastal districts of West Bengal” at village Manmathapur-Mundapara, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture and Dr. M. Natarajan, Principal Scientist and HOD, Finfish Culture Division, CIBA, Chennai headed the event. The local Gram Panchayat Pradhan, Karmadhakshya and Panchayat Member and scientists from Kakdwip Research Centre of CIBA participated in the programme. One hundred and sixty villagers belonging to tribal community attended the function.

Dr. K. K. Vijayan, Director in his presidential address expressed his happiness to see the success of polyculture farming in this area. He appreciated the efforts of tribal beneficiaries for adopting the brackishwater polyculture and backyard poultry farming technologies transferred to them by CIBA in a successful way. He encouraged the farmers to develop further their livelihood from this culture practices and urged the tribal farmers to take up brackishwater aquaculture to a larger scale and diversified extent for their economic benefits.
Till date eighteen brackishwater ponds belonging to 18 tribal families covering water spread area of 5400 m2, six fresh water homestead ponds with water spread area of 1800 m2 have been selected by CIBA at Mundapara for demonstration of polyfarming of fish and shrimp. Twenty two backyard poultry sheds have been also constructed and farmers are practicing poultry farming with revolving fund. Partial harvest of tiger shrimps from polyculture ponds was done as a part of this programme.
Dr. T. K. Ghoshal, Officer-in Charge, KRC of CIBA announced that CIBA will try to increase the number of beneficiaries in polyfarming, poultry farming and will also take up other welfare activities such as pond renovation, homestead farming, crab fattening with tribal women etc. In the interaction session, tribal farmers expressed their happiness and asked for refinement of scientific aquaculture, renovation of ponds, brick pitching of approach road, introduction of piggery, duckery and more aquaculture demonstration. A dance program by the tribal farmers added glory to the event.

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