Shillong (Meghalaya), March 02 : In order to popularize the feed among the tribal fish farmers in mid-altitude region of the state , ICAR-CIFRI Regional Centre, Guwahati organized an “awareness-cum-feed distribution programme” at Umsning, Ri-Bhoi district, on Wednesday in collaboration with Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Meghalaya and Ri-Bhoi Farmers’ Union.
The programme was organized under the overall guidance of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore and Dr. B. K. Bhattacharjya, Head (Acting), ICAR-CIFRI RC, Guwahati.
The programme was attended by 60 tribal fish farmers of the locality under Ri-Bhoi Farmers’ Union led by D. Majaw,President and Secretary K. Brightstar,
Dr. B. K.Bhattacharjya gave the opening remarks and explained the purpose of the programme. He informed that ICAR-CIFRI has commercialized CIFRI-GI cage, CIFRI-HDPE pen and CIFRI- CAGEGROW floating feed for open waters. He explained about different activities carried out by the Institute for development of open water fisheries of Northeast region especially in Meghalaya.
Dr. Pronob Das explained about the role fish feed in fish culture and different feeding methods along with the scientific merits of the CIFRI-CAGEGROW feed use. A. K. Yadav informed the participants about the economics of CIFRI-CAGEGROW feed and other technologies developed for open water fisheries of the region.
F. Hasbar thanked ICAR-CIFRI for their efforts for development of fisheries in the state including cage culture in Umiam reservoir. He also explained the different aspects of scientific fish farming.
During the interaction, participants interacted with the Scientists on different aspects of fisheries and aquaculture. Dr. Bhattacharjya urged the participants to adopt scientific fish farming methods for higher production, enhancement of income and livelihood. He also urged the beneficiaries to share the feedback on performance of CIFRI-CAGEGROW feed.
On the occasion, a total of 2000 kg CIFRI-CAGEGROW floating feed was distributed to 30 tribal fisher families of the district. K. Brightstar thanked ICAR-CIFRI for their continuous support to the Ri-Bhoi Farmers’ Union and promised to monitor proper use of distributed feed successfully.