'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week celebration by CIBA

To commemorate 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week (23-29 December 2015) an awareness programme was organised by ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai on 26th December 2015 in a coastal village Karikattukuppam which has been adopted by the Institute under the “Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav” programme.

A team of scientists form CIBA conducted the awareness programme in the village, in which they explained the importance of the 'Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan' week in order to celebrate the birth anniversary of our former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee (December 25, 1924) and Late Chaudhary Charan Singh (December 23, 1902), who immensely contributed for promoting use of science for the welfare of farmers in India. It was also explained on the new slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan’ of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi, emphasising the power of science and technology to transform people’s lives from poverty to prosperity through scientific farming practices.

The CIBA scientists narrated on the brackishwater technologies that are beneficial to the coastal village people as a means of small scale additional revenue generation such as satellite nursery rearing of the fish Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer), mud crab rearing and the ornamental fish production. CIBA has already established two small scale nursery rearing units of the ornamental fish pearlspot Etroplus suratensis in the village. After the meet, the villages were taken for an “Exposure Visit” to the Farm and Hatchery complex of the Institute located in Muttukkadu. The villagers including women, youth and children participated in the programme and got motivated with the aquaculture practices that can be adopted by them for their livelihood support.

Dr.V.S.Chandrasekaran,Dr.D.Deboral Vimala, Dr.M.Kailasam, Principal Scientists of the Institute coordinated in organising the programme.

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