International Workshop on Fisheries and Aquaculture Begins at CMFRI
Delegates from 12 Afro-Asian member countries of AARDO attending the workshop
An international workshop on fisheries and aquaculture for the delegates from 12 member countries of the African Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) got underway at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 15th January 2019. As many as 14 participants from Oman, Lebanon, Taiwan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are attending the 15-day workshop.
Shri K S Srinivas, IAS, Chairman of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), inaugurated the workshop. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Manoj Nardeo Singh, Assistant Secretary General of the AARDO said agriculture would need to produce 60% more food globally by 2050 and 100% more in developing countries using the same limited available natural resources.
In order to meet growing demand for food and nutritional security, the developing countries in Afro-Asian regions would require to formulate comprehensive policies and develop adequate technologies in fisheries sector, he said.
Dr T V Saththianandan presided over. Dr Imelda Joseph and Dr Boby Ignatius spoke on the occasion.
The trainees will be imparted training in areas such as marine fisheries assessment, fish stock estimation, marine fisheries environment, impact of climate change on fisheries, responsible fisheries and mariculture activities like cage farming, along with practical sessions. They will be provided opportunity to visit harbours to have experience in real time data collection.
The African Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) is an inter-governmental organisation in the field of agricultural and rural development with its headquarters in New Delhi. Currently 33 member countries from Africa and Asia are part of AARDO.
Madras Regional Centre Organises Stakeholder Meet on Draft Mariculture Policy
A stakeholder meeting on the Draft National Mariculture Policy (NMP) was held at Venkataraman Memorial Trust Hall, Kovalam, Chennai on 3rd December 2018 to gather inputs from them on the Draft NMP. Stakeholders comprising fishermen, fish farmers, representatives from various fishermen organizations, entrepreneurs, government organizations, non- government organizations working in fisheries, the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University and the Department of Fisheries officials of both Tamil Nadu and Ponducherry participated in the consultation.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. R. Kirubagaran, Co-Chairman, NMP – 2018 and former Head, MBTD, NIOT (Retd.) pointed out that stakeholders’ views are important to refine the draft of the policy for final approval. Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Principal Scientist and Scientist-in-Charge, Dr. Joe K. Kizhakudan, Principal Scientist, Dr. Reena Selvi, Joint Director, Department of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. R. Naryanakumar, Principal Scientist and Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar, Principal Scientist spoke at the meeting. The interaction session was moderated by Dr. A.K. Abdul Nazar, Dr. Joe K. Kizhakudan, Dr. R. Kirubagaran and Dr. Reena Selvi.
Doubling Income: ICAR-CMFRI Launches ‘Farm
Shoppe’ to Provide Market Avenue for Farmers
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) of the ICAR Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi and the Agricultural Technology Information Centre- ATIC of the Institute jointly launched ‘Farm Shoppe- the safe food store’ at the ICAR-CMFRI headquarters in Kochi on 4th January 2019. Fresh, hygienic and pure food materials directly procured from farmers, farmer collectives and self-help groups will be made available in the outlet.
initiative to provide market avenue for farmers in line with the Doubling
Farmers’ Income by 2022 programme of the Government of India, the Farm
Shoppe is aimed at demonstrating a model that ensures fair price to farmers
while supplying safe food to the consumers avoiding middlemen. Food and health products that are being used
at home on daily basis such as fish, rice, egg, milk, cooking oil, pulses,
spices, etc are available for sale at the outlet. It is managed by utilising
revolving fund of the KVK Ernakulam.
facility is also a part of Swatch Bharat Abhiyan as the food products selling
in the outlet are purely organic and the outlet collects used plastic
containers to reduce plastic pollution. The outlet will play a crucial role in
promoting organic farming activities since the organic farmers in the region
will be capable of finding markets for their produce through the Farm Shoppe.
The Shoppe was inaugurated by Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI.