Indian Council of Agricultural Research


Awareness programme for school students at Mandapam Regional Centre

Awareness programme for school students at Mandapam Regional Centre

An awareness programme on marine fisheries and mariculture was conducted for school students on 6th July 2019 at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI).  A total of 140 school students and 40 teaching & non-teaching staff under Southern Railway Women Welfare Organization, Madurai benefitted through this programme. Dr. R. Jayakumar, Scientist-in-Charge, inaugurated the programme and briefed the research activities of ICAR-CMFRI.  Later, he answered queries of school students. The students also visited the aquarium, museum, hatchery and other facilities at the Centre. Awareness on marine resource conservation, biodiversity issues and mariculture activities was also provided to the students through video shows. Dr.Johnson, B., Scientist, coordinated the programme. 

Madras Research Centre of CMFRI conducts Harvest Mela of Farmed Bivalves

Madras Research Centre Conducts Harvest Mela of Farmed Bivalves


Madras Research Center of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) conducted a harvest mela of farmed bivalves at Kottaikadu, Kancheepuram district on 26th April 2019. Conducted in the presence of Shri. A. Elango, Joint Director of Fisheries, Chennai, Head of the village, other village leaders and the women beneficiaries involved in the bivalve farming, the harvest of mussels and oysters was part of the project Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods II: Component II Bivalve Farming implemented for the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department.  The mussels and oysters were stocked during 2018.


The harvested mussels and oysters were handed over to the women beneficiaries involved in the farming. This was followed by a demonstration-cum-training on meat extraction, heat shucking of meat and depuration of bivalves which was then carried out by all the women beneficiaries. About 30 kg of the depurated meat was obtained and the same was sold at the rate of Rs.200/- per kg, and the proceeds were handed over to the women participants. On this occasion, a brochure highlighting the nutritive value of the bivalves, prepared in regional language (Tamil) was released by the Joint Director of Fisheries.     

ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day 2019

ICAR-CMFRI Observes International Yoga Day

Headquarters, Kochi

The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) observed the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019 by organising an awareness workshop and demonstration of yoga asanas at its Headquarters in Kochi and various Regional Research Centres. Shri. Balakrishnan Menon, an eminent yoga trainer and advanced meditation course instructor of the Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore, was the chief guest of the workshop at the Headquarters of the Institute in Kochi.

He said that yoga is union of body, breath and mind which is highly helpful to improve physical and mental health. He also pointed out that the yoga practices have got a wide exposure and increased popularity with the Government of India and the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi actively supporting the initiatives ensuring a massive participation for the programme at the government institutes during special occasions like the International Yoga Day. The misunderstandings about the yoga existed in the past have been completely cleared with continuous awareness programmes. Apart from cleansing our body and health, regular practice of the yoga would help oneself to explore and know his/her inner mind, he said.

Inspired by the spirit of the awareness workshop, the Recreation Club of the ICAR-CMFRI which organised programme announced on the occasion the commencement of regular yoga training at the Institute twice in a week. The inauguration of the training was also held at the venue followed by the awareness workshop. Shri Balakrishnan Menon and Smt. Smitha K, Personal Assistant at ICAR-CMFRI led the yoga training session. Dr T V Sathianandan, Director-in-charge and Head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the Institute presided over the function. Dr V Kripa, Head of Fishery Environment and Management Division and the President of the Recreation Club coordinated the programme.

Mangalore Research Centre

International yoga day was celebrated at the centre on 21 June 2019. The programme started at 10.00 am. The message by Honourable Prime Minister on the importance of yoga in everyday life given in the booklet on common yoga protocols published by the Ministry of Ayush was read on the ocasion. This was followed by the practice session of all the yogasanas as per the protocol received from Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India. All the scientist, technical staff, research scholars and contractual staff actively participated in the yoga session.

Puri Field Centre 

Tuticorin Research Centre

In compliance with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address and the instruction received from ICAR the International Yoga Day was celebrated on 21st June, 2019 in Committee Hall, Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI at 10.30 AM.  The Yoga master Shri. Stalin Rathnasamy was invited for International Yoga day celebration. The programme was started with ICAR invocation song. Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Scientist in-Charge and Principal Scientist of the Centre delivered the welcome address followed by Dr. P.S. Asha, Principal Scientist addressed the gathering about the needs of practicing Yoga. Stalin Rathnasamy delivered a special talk on the importance and benefits of Yoga in human life. He also added that yoga provides mental/physical strength to people and enhance well-being of human life through regular practice. Along with yoga healthy food habits improve the health and relief from bodily illness in human beings. After that he demonstrated different Asanas and Pranayama. All the staff members followed his instructions and did yoga exercise with complete involvement. The International Yoga Day celebration came to an end with a vote of thanks by Mr. Jerald Raja, Secretary, Recreation Club, TRC of CMFRI.

Mandapam Regional Centre

Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI celebrated the International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2019. A lecture followed by demonstration of yoga was conducted. Yoga expert Ms. Ms. Anitha, a yoga trainer at the Art of Living Foundation, and their volunteers demonstrated the yoga. She explained the importance of yoga in human life. Dr.G.Tamilmani, Senior Scientist briefed about the significance and relevance of the International Yoga Day. Nearly 100 staff of Mandapam Regional Centre attended the programme.