National Fish Farmers Day Celebrated on 10th July, 2016 by CIBA

ICAR-CIBA celebrated the “National Fish Farmers Day” on 10th July, 2016 at Vennangupattu, a coastal village in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu in the presence of around 100 fish farmers and fisher youths to commemorate the breakthrough in Induced Fish Breeding achieved by the scientists Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury way back on 10th July, 1957. Dr.A.R.Thirunavukkarasu, Chairman, Fisheries Technocrats Forum, Chennai and former Head of Fin Fish Culture Division, CIBA was the Chief Guest of the Meet. He emphasised the importance of brackishwater water bodies and their efficient utilization for fish culture and that would provide a cushion for the fishers who have been suffering due to poor fish catch from the sea. As part of the celebrations the Asian seabass Lates calcarifer fish seeds produced in CIBA hatchery were distributed to the Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam fish producers group in the village for nursery rearing in the open waters and brackishwater cage farming. Shri.M.Paramanantham, Patron and mentor of the fish farmer group thanked Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA for having chosen their village to conduct the fish farmers’ day and urged the fisher youth to make use of the opportunity provided by CIBA to take up open water fish farming in the back waters. He informed that the inland fisher youths of the village depend on the Buckingham canal for their livelihood and they could get employment hardly for three months. Therefore, any alternative livelihood development programmes like open water nursery rearing and grow out culture in cages would be a boon for the fisher youth. He requested CIBA to train the fisher youths in open water fish farming technologies and facilitate them in taking up suitable activities which could provide them employment and income.
An interaction session on ‘Prospects of undertaking cage culture of brackishwater fin fishes in open waters’ was organised during the occasion. Dr.M.Kailsam, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-charge, Fin Fish Culture Division, CIBA explained the technology package for nursery rearing, pre-grow out and grow out culture of fin fishes in brackishwater open waters. He emphasised that nursery rearing is an important activity in Asian seabass fish farming and there is a huge demand for the fingerling size fishes for stocking in grow out ponds which could provide handsome profits. Dr.M.Kumaran, Principal Scientist, CIBA and Coordinator of the programme informed that CIBA has already developed a ‘satellite seabass nursery rearing’ hub near Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh and it provides livelihood to about 150 fisher families in the area. He added that the fisher youth of this village may approach CIBA for emulating such model. During the discussion the farmers asked clarifications regarding the possibility of culturing seabass fish with major carps, possibility of using community ponds for nursery rearing and the scope for nursery rearing by the women folk in the backyards. The subject matter scientists explained the farmers with technical details and issues. Dr.K.P.Kumaraguru vasagam, Senior Scientist, Dr.R.Ananda Raja, Scientist, Shri. R.Subburaj, Technical Officer and Mr.PR.Anand, Senior Research Fellow from CIBA also actively took part in the deliberations.

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