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ICAR-CMFRI kick-starts new farming challenge towards food security

ICAR-CMFRI kick-starts new farming challenge towards food security

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), in association with the Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra, kick-started a new farming challenge among government organisations towards food security. The model initiative includes farming of tubers and pulses along with vegetables in an area of around 3-acre barren land in its premises of residential complex in Kochi city. The massive drive assumes significance in the wake of discussions on urgent need of self-reliance in food production in Kerala, thanks to COVID-19 pandemic.   

Shri. V S Sunil Kumar, Minister for Agriculture, Kerala government launched the farming by planting ginger saplings on 14th May 2020. The farming, which is undertaken by ICAR-CMFRI Krishilokam club that includes scientific and non-scientific staff of the Institute and their families, is part of popularising the concept of production of safe food through farming without depending others in the backdrop of the COVID-19. The farming followed mechanised practices for preparation of the land under the technical guidance of Ernakulam KVK.  

In his presidential address, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI said the initiative is primarily aimed at intensifying the drive for achieving self-reliance in producing safe food in Kerala and setting a model for other government institutions in the State. Priority was given to crops such as tubers and pulses as they could act as alternates to survive during the time of famine as that was the case in the past. Pulses are cultivated in the background that Kerala is completely depending on other states for its vegetable protein requirement. These kinds of farming models initiated under the aegis of government institutions would send a positive message to the public in such a way encouraging them to take up farming. The harvested crops will be distributed through the Farm Shoppe of the KVK located at the CMFRI, he said

KVK starts helpline  

The Ernakulam KVK functioning under the ICAR-CMFRI commenced a helpline though which experts would be providing guidance in farming, including aquaculture and animal rearing, to other organisations. Agricultural machineries available with the KVK could be used by them for land preparation and other practices. 

Speaking after the launch of the farming, Kerala Minister for Agriculture V S Sunil Kumar requested the Ernakulam KVK to design and demonstrate a working model of the mini rice mill required for each paddy field. According to him, the major crisis faced by the medium paddy famers in Kerala is the lack of such mini rice mills. KVK may take up this task on experimental basis with the support of the Farmer Producer Organisation (FPOs) associated with it. Once this model proves success, the Kerala government will set up such mills across the state, the minister said. He also said that efforts to take up farming as a livelihood should be intensified to face the post COVID-19 period. Other government institutions should follow the model of the ICAR-CMFRI which would help popularise the farming in a better way, he added. 

ICAR-CMFRI launches GIS based info of vicinity of fish landing centres to COVID-19 hotspots

 ICAR-CMFRI launches GIS based info of vicinity of fish landing centres to COVID-19 hotspots

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi has launched a novel initiative that would enable online GIS tracking of the marine fish landing centres and their proximity to the COVID-19 hotspots in different maritime states. The online GIS based database, which depicts the vicinity of marine fish landing centres to the COVID-19 hotspots in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, would become crucial in monitoring the activities at various marine fishing landing centres in the country on a daily basis. The work is in progress to incorporate the information on landing centres in other maritime states too in the database. The database offers visualisation of the marine fish landing centres in these states in various colour groups in accordance with their geographical proximity with the COVID-19 hotspots/containment zones within coastal districts, identified by the government. The landing centres have been categorised in different groups according to their distance with the hotspots and the information is updated on daily basis based on the information received from respective state governments.


The first category, which requires priority in taking precautionary measures, includes fish landing centres located within 3 km of the hotspot. The landing centres at a distance of 3 to 5 km with the hotspots fall in second category, whereas the third category includes landing centres at a distance of 5 to 10 km from the identified hotspots.


Practical utility of the initiative: The GIS database will greatly help authorities and policy makers to monitor the daily activities and help them easily understand the fish landing centres where strict safety measures are to be imposed and fish harbours where safety measures could be relaxed. This can be identified simply by a click at the infographics published by the ICAR-CMFRI at its website- This will help the concerned authorities for strategic execution of safety measures in accordance with their vicinity to the COVID-19 hotspots.


The news has got immediate international attention and quoted as one of the top stories of the day by,the global seafood industry’s most trusted resource for international seafood news (


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Vicinity of Fish Landing Centres to COVID-19 Hotspots in Kerala

Advisory support to fish farmers during Lockdown due to COVID-19

Scientists  available to provide guidance over phone/mail/ Whattsapp, to the fish farmers during Lockdown due to COVID-19.





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Dr Vinod, K

Principal Scientist

Ecosystem health/ Biodiversity conservation



Dr Shilta, M. T


Cage culture



Dr P.K.Asokan

Principal Scientist

Bivalve farming



Dr. Ritesh Ranjan





Dr. Santhosh B

Principal Scientist




Shri. Ambarish





Dr. Rengarajan  Jayakumar

Principal Scientist

Marine fish farming



Dr. K.K. Anikuttan


Marine fish farming



Dr. G. Tamilmani

Senior Scientist

Marine Fish Breeding



Dr. M. Sakthivel

Senior Scientist

Sea cage farming



Dr. P. Ramesh Kumar


Fish Health



Dr.Shinoj Subramannian

Senior Scientist/SIC KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam

Krishi Vigyan Kendra of CMFRI, Ernakulam



Dr.Vikas PA

Subject Matter Specialist,  KVK of CMFRI Ernakulam





Working arrangement list of staffs under Group B and C of CMFRI, Kochi

ICAR-CMFRI joins awareness programme on conservation of migratory species in marine environment

ICAR-CMFRI joins awareness programme on conservation of migratory species in marine environment  

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The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has joined the initiative to intensify the awareness campaigns on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals in marine environment. In a major attempt to boost its efforts towards conservation of marine animals through participation of fishing communities in India, the Institute played a key role as a partner in organising a side event titled ‘Marine Animal Conservation Programmes: Sea turtles, Whale shark, Humpback Whale and Dugong in India’ during the CMS COP13 (13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of the Wild Animals) which India hosted during 17th to 22nd February 2020 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The CMS COP13 was the first of a series of international nature-related meetings in 2020, which will culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of this year. The theme of CMS COP13 in India was, “migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home”. The ICAR-CMFRI was recognised as a key partner for the sustainable management of coastal and marine biodiversity in India. As a part of creating public awareness on conservation of migratory species, a special postal stamp with ICAR-CMFRI’s logo was released during the programme. The stamp conveys the awareness message towards conservation of migratory species. The stamp also carries the coverage of the conference which concluded with adoption of a number of significant resolutions and decisions to address the conservation needs and threats facing migratory species around the globe. The side event was hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in partner with WII, CMFRI and WTI on 19th February 2020 where Dr Tarachand Kumawat, Scientist at the Veraval Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI represented the Institute.  

ICAR-CMFRI celebrates International Womens Day

ICAR-CMFRI celebrates International Women’s Day 

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International Women’s Day was celebrated at the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 7th March 2020. The Chief Guest for the function was Ms. Anuvinda Anil, an MBBS student who donated her liver to her father Dr. M. K. Anil, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge of Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR- CMFRI, Vizhinjam. 

Emphasizing the role of women in healthcare services and support systems at home, Ms. Anuvinda described life events of being a single girl child in a family where her father was a long time cancer patient whose liver developed cirrhosis in the last two years perhaps as a result of chemotherapy and extended follow-up medicine usage. When Dr. Anil was declared in acute need of liver transplant, she stepped forward as donor, despite the reluctance of her parents and relatives.  The main address was followed by a brief sharing of experiences by Mrs. Durga Anil, Special Invitee, mother of the Chief Guest. Both the Chief Guest and the Special Invitee underlined the fact that most live organ donors are women and girl children.

The programme was organised by the Women Cell at the CMFRI. Dr Sunil Mohamed, Principal Scientist and Head of Molluscan Fisheries Division of CMFRI presided over the function. Dr Miriam Paul Sreeram, Chairperson, Women’s Cell and Dr Sandhya Sukumaran, Member Secretary, Women’s Cell also spoke on the occasion. 

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