Fisher woman-turned-cage farmer trained under ICAR-CMFRI receives the first Kisan Credit Card for fisherfolk in Karnataka
Mrs. Supriya Sudhir Sarang, a beneficiary of the coastal water cage culture demonstration undertaken by Karwar Research Centre of ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) received the Kisan Credit Card from the honourable prime minister Shri Narendra Modi on 2nd January 2020 at Tumkur. A fisherwoman-turned-cage fish farmer, Mrs. Supriya Sudhir Sarang is the first fisherfolk in Karnataka to receive the same. Mrs. Supriya, who is a beneficiary under ICAR-CMFRI’s All India Network Project on Mariculture, has undergone training on open water cage culture at the Institute during 24.9.2018 to 26.9.2018. She was also part of the cage fish farming along with other beneficiaries under the NFDB scheme for open water cage culture implemented by ICAR-CMFRI during 2019 and successfully harvested Asian seabass under the guidance of the Institute. She was felicitated by ICAR-CMFRI during the National fish farmer’s day celebration in 2019.
ICAR-CMFRI hosts third international symposium on marine ecosystems
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi hosted the third international symposium on marine ecosystem: challenges and opportunities (MECOS-3) from 7th to 10th January 2019. Organised by the Marine Biological Association of India (MBAI), the MECOS-3 set a platform for discussion on a wide range of topics, including impact of climate crisis in marine ecosystems, meeting sustainable development (SDG) goal-14 (life under water) of the UN, development of small-scale fisheries, recent development in aquaculture, eco-labelling and green fishing technologies.
Dr Petri Suuronen, Director, Blue Economy Natural Resources Institute, Finland inaugurated the symposium. He said that marine fisheries will be more profitable and the people involved in the sector will have a better socio-economic status if ocean resources are made sustainable. A renowned researcher in marine fisheries, Dr Suuronen said that policy makers, government agencies and the whole people working in the sector should cooperate and work together to achieve sustainability in marine fisheries of the country. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI presided over the function. He said that eessential fish habitats were facing serious challenges because of anthropogenic as well as natural pressures. The third Dr. S Jones memorial prize, instituted by the MBAI for outstanding contributions in marine biology and fisheries, was presented to Dr T Balasubramanian, Vice Chancellor of Chettinad University, Chennai. Dr K Sunil Mohamed, Convenor of MECOS 3 and Dr V Kripa, Secretary of the MBAI also spoke at the inauguration of the symposium.
While addressing the delegates on the third day of the symposium, Smt. J Mercykuttyamma, Minister for Fisheries, Kerala said that sustainable development of marine fisheries sector should not be limited only on conservation of resources and the environment, instead it should follow a holistic approach giving greater importance on the role of fisheries as sources of livelihood for billions of people. Recognition of the social agency, well-being and livelihoods of people working in the sector is equally important in marine fisheries, she added.
The symposium proposed a blanket ban of trawling in the territorial waters within 12 nautical miles. According the recommendations of the symposium, these areas should be demarcated as exclusive zone for small-scale fishermen. The symposium also demanded that the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 be reformed in a way making it effective in conservation of marine species of the country. Authoritative science, knowledge and planning are required to assess the performance of the Act, it said. A panel of experts have to look into the Act to bring in adequate changes in various Schedules and Categories of the Act. Since extinction risks are different between marine species within a group, proper assessment is required on the impact of the Act on marine ecosystems, according to the recommendations of the symposium.
Dishes made with the octopus were the major attractions of a seafood festival held as part of the symposium at ICAR-CMFRI. The festival offered mouth-watering octopus cuisines such as biriyani, puttu, momos and snacks. Many more other varieties with mussels (kallummakkaya), clam, squid, shrimp, crab, fish and oysters were also available at the festival.
ICAR-CMFRI releases 1.2 million shrimp seeds into sea
In continuation of the regular sea ranching programme, the Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) released 1.2 million shrimp seeds of green tiger shrimp at Thonithurai, near Mandapam on 8th December 2019.
The ICAR-CMFRI has been regularly carrying out sea ranching of hatchery produced green tiger shrimp seeds in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Bay to replenish the natural stock and to enhance the shrimp productivity. The programme also aims to conserve and maintain sustainable shrimp stock in the wild and to help the fishermen of this region to improve their livelihood. The initiative assumes great significance in the wake of drastic depletion of shrimp resources in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar regions.
During 2017-19, a total of 7.025 million shrimp seeds were released in this region by the Institute. During the current financial year 2019-20, a total of about 2.025 million shrimp seeds were sea ranched so far.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI was the chief guest on the occasion. Shri. K. Muraleedharan, Dr. K. A. Saira Banu, Dr P Muralidharan, Shri K Raghunadhan, Dr R Jayakumar, Smt V Prabhavathi and Shri J L Ajith Stalin, among others, were present.
sea ranching programme was coordinated by Shri. M. Sankar, and Dr. B. Johnson.
Hands on Training Programme on Oyster Farming for Scheduled Caste members
Aimed for uplifting the living standards of the Scheduled Caste members, the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR- CMFRI) extended scientific, technical and financial support in Oyster farming for 40 Scheduled Caste families in Kodungallur Municipality in Pullut Village, Thrissur. The initiative was a part of CMFRI’s project for popularising the less expensive farming method among the Scheduled Caste members across the coastal states under the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) Project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Govt. of India. This is the first venture in Oyster farming in this area.
Hands on Training Programme on Oyster farming for Scheduled Caste members in Pullut area was inaugurated by Kodungallur Municipal Chairman, Shri. K.R. Jaithran on 30th November 2019. The training programme was presided over by Municipal Councillor, Shri. O. N. Jayadevan. The Opposition leader of Kodungallur Municipality, Shri. V. G. Unnikrishnan was the Chief Guest of the function. Dr. K. Sunil Mohamed, Principal Scientist & Head, Molluscan Fisheries Division, CMFRI was the Lead Speaker and Dr. K. Madhu, Principal Scientist, Mariculture Division, CMFRI & Chairman, SCSP felicitated the function. The training was organized under the leadership of Dr. Vidya. R, Scientist, Molluscan Fisheries Division, and team.
ICAR-CMFRI has conducted this Hands on Training Programme to Scheduled Caste members for equipping them to set up Oyster farming units (racks of 5m x 5m) in brackishwater ecosystem. The training included guidance on site selection for the farming, season of farming, Ren making, farm construction, farm management and various aspects of harvesting, apart from hands-on training on Oyster ren making. The experience of other SHG members who are successful in Oyster farming with the technical support of CMFRI were also shared.
The scientific support is aimed for the socio-economic empowerment of weaker section to take up Oyster farming as an alternate livelihood option. Most of the beneficiaries in the area are involved in hand picking of oysters from natural beds. The areas selected for farming are natural oyster beds with good spat settlement. As there is a growing demand for oyster meat and depurated live Oysters are major delicacy in high end restaurants which fetches high market value, the farming of oysters will give livelihood security to the beneficiaries.
CMFRI has also provided all raw materials like
Oyster shell, ropes and bamboo poles for rack (farm) construction. The farming
will be carried out under the guidance and supervision of CMFRI team from the
beginning to the end. The institute will help the 40 beneficiaries to become
entrepreneurs through Oyster farming under various groups. In accordance
with the progress of the farming, more farming units and other services will be
extended to the scheduled caste members in the area.
ICAR-CMFRI hosts Buyer Seller Meet and Kisan Mela
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi hosted a three-day Buyer Seller Meet and Kisan Mela from 14th to 16th November 2019 which was jointly organised by Swedeshi Science Movement, NABARD and Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra of ICAR-CMFRI. Inaugurated by Dr. A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI, the event saw a huge footfall and thousands of visitors, including students and general public, were made aware of a range of produces from primary producers in agriculture and allied areas.
During the Buyer Seller Meet, more than 50 farmer producer
companies found potential buyers to sell their products, including rice, cereals,
pulses, vegetable oils, fish, dairy products and numerous value added products.
Farmers, farmer producer companies, self-help groups and agri start-ups from
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka introduced their produces before a group of
buyers such as major organic shops, grocery stores, super markets, co-operative
stores, fertilizer dealers and wholesale dealers, at the meet. Coordinated by
the NABARD, the buyer seller meet was aimed at supporting organic farmers and
farmer producer groups to popularise their products in the market and to
promote safe food products. In addition, a large number of public also could
buy products directly from the producers during the meet. The meet helped farmer producers secure business deals for
marketing their products and, at the same time, wholesale dealers and major
organic purchasers connect directly to the primary producers helping them to
shorten the market chain.
The Kisan Mela turned into a big hit with a huge public rush was
being felt at every counter, especially at the counter for selling farmed live
fish. Around 2 tonnes of farmed seabass and tilapia were sold out during the
Mela. People waited patiently to get fresh fish in different sizes directly
from the fish farmers. A live kitchen that provided different tilapia dishes
was another attraction of the event. Farmed tilapia under the guidance of
Krishi Vigyan Kendra of ICAR-CMFRI was used for preparing dishes at the live
kitchen. The live kitchen was part of creating public awareness on quality and
nutritional value of tilapia fish because many people have misconception on
value of this fish. Tilapia culinary at the kitchen helped promote the value of
this fish variety among a large number of public and create an increased market
avenue for tilapia. The programme gave a boost to tilapia farmers in the
locality. A stall of farmed live edible oyster also drew the attention of