Swachhta Pakhwada (Waste to Wealth) at Adyar creek and estuary, Tamil Nadu on 27th may 2017

Under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme, ICAR –CIBA, Chennai has adopted three fishermen villages viz., Srinivasapuram, Mullikuppam and Mullimanagar located near CIBA headquarters in Chennai. These three villages are located on the creek, where Adyar River finally discharges water inflow into the Bay of Bengal. This village cluster has about 4500 persons in 2000 households. Their main occupation is fishing and selling of fish in the lighthouse fish market which is located nearby these villages. The villagers were also affected by garbage pileup around the locality. In view of the above aspects, ICAR-CIBA scientists along with officials of Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT), Chennai, Tamil Nadu Slum clearance board, Chennai and TNAU Information and Training Centre, Chennai conducted a programme on the theme of ‘Waste to Wealth’ under Swachhta Pakhwada in fishermen villages on 27th May, 2017 at Srinivasapuram, Mullikuppam, Mullimanagar villages cluster. Around 100 participants including fishermen, women, and officials from CRRT, Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance board, TNAU information training centre and ICAR-CIBA were actively participated in the programme.

Dr. P.Mahalakhmi, Senior Scientist, CIBA, spoke about the importance of Swachh Bharat Mission and theme of the concept “Waste to Wealth”. Dr. K. Valliappan, Professor, TNAU Information and Training Centre, Chennai addressed the gathering with detailed description of composting of bio degradable wastes at home and vermicomposting. He also cautioned use of waste cooked food items which may be acidic in nature and may disturb the composting process. Moisture should be maintained at 50-60 % level and should be made as layers of beds for easy composting. Turning around the layers for aeration once in a week or 10 days was advised. Dr.K.Ambasankar, Principal Scientist & In-Charge, Nutrition group, ICAR-CIBA spoke about recycling fish waste with use of formic acid as fish silage which can be added in fish feed. This will help in clean and hygienic disposal of fish market waste which is abundantly available in the village cluster. A hands-on demonstration was done before villagers on fish silage making.

Dr.Gomathi, Dr.Jayanth, Social Expert cum Information and Communication Specialist, CRRT were sensitized the participants about the importance of Adyar creek water bodies and its maintenance. Shri. Suresh, Member, Panchayat and Fishermen Co-operative Society, Tamil Nadu thanked Director CIBA for the activities initiated by CIBA in Adyar creek and estuary with the involvement of Srinivasapuram fishermen. Dr. T.Ravisankar, Principal Scientist & In-Charge, Institute Technology Management Unit Welcomed the gathering and Dr.R.Saraswathi, Principal Scientist, Environment group proposed vote of thanks.

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