National Science Day celebration of CIBA
The “National Science Day” was celebrated in an aqua-farm at Kattur village, Ponneri Thaluk, Thiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu on 4th March 2015 by the ICAR - Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai to commemorate the great invention of Sir C.V. Raman on “Raman Effect”. The theme of the National Science Day this year is “Science for Nation Building”. India, basically being an agriculture country, the farmers play a very important role in building the nation. Hence this year CIBA celebrated the day in the aqua-farm of a progressive farmer Mr.Sivagnanam in Kattur along with fellow aqua-farmers in and around Kattur and also from far away places like Thanjavur, Kanyakumari, etc.
|Mr.Sivagnanam has been an innovative farmer who modified the CIBA technology of shrimp farming as zero water exchange method as per the local conditions, introduced the concept of nursery rearing of the shrimp for their better survival in the pond, helped other farmers also to follow these technologies, involved in aquaculture along with his other family members and has been recognised with many awards for his achievements in aquaculture. Recently he has been also selected for the IARI Innovative Farmer Award–2015.|
Dr.V.S.Chandrasekaran, PS & SIC, Social Sciences Division of CIBA welcomed the gathering with an introductory remark on the National Science Day and the purpose of celebrating in the aquafarm. Dr.C.Gopal, PS & Head, Crustacean Culture Division, Dr.M.Natarajan, PS & SIC, Fish Culture Division. Dr.K.Ambasankar, PS & SIC, Nutrition Unit, Dr.K.Vijayakumaran, PS, Madras Research Centre of CMFRI participated in the celebration and addressed the gather emphasizing on the scientific ways of carrying out the activities and practices in fisheries and aquaculture.
Dr. K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA, in his presidential address mentioned on the importance of science in any farming activity including the brackishwater aquaculture. He also mentioned that fishers and aquafarmers in the country constitute the major group of people involved in the production of protein rich fishery food for both domestic and export markets. The consumption of fish is common in India, particularly in coastal areas and serves as an important source of animal protein for the human nutrition. Hence in addition to the monetary benefits of export market generated from the fish produced through aquaculture, he emphasised, that it should reach the local communities at affordable price which can be achieved by following scientifically developed better management practices on sustainable manner in perpetuity.
The other dignitaries who participated in the celebration were Dr.S.Felix, Dean i/c, Institute of Fisheries Technology,Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Ponneri, the Branch Managers of Indian Bank and Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank in Kattur, Mr. Samarasam, an Aquaculturist and fish hatchery owner, two women aquafarmers, and the village leader. They also shared their views and experiences in aquaculture with all other participants.
Dr.K.Ambasankar proposed vote of thanks and Dr.D.Deboral Vimala, PS, Social Sciences Division anchored the full programme.