CMFRI trains Fisheries Department Officials
Aimed at coordinating the data collection methods related to fishing activities in the State, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) provided training to the officials from the Department of Fisheries, Kerala.
The participants were trained in estimation of fish landings with a special focus on data collection methods, sampling methodologies, database creation and data validation.
During the three-day programme organised by the Fishery Resources Assessment Division, the officials from the Fisheries Department were trained on using the stratified multi stage random sampling design, a methodology developed and used by the CMFRI for years in connection with estimation of marine fish landings in the country.
The programme also included visits to fish landing centres and fishing harbours, and hands-on training. Fisheries sub inspectors and enumerators working under the State Fisheries Department in different districts attended the training programme. Scientists from the Fishery Resources Assessment Division, namely Dr T V Sathianandan, Dr J Jaysankar, Dr Somy Kuriakose, Dr K G Mini and Dr Eldho Varghese led various training sessions during the programme.
Officials from Fisheries Department attending the training programme at CMFRI
DBT Sponsored National Training in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology for Fisheries Professionals
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It gives me great pleasure to share with you a draft copy of the book ‘Indian Marine Fisheries Code: Guidance on a Marine Fisheries Management Model for India’ jointly produced by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) and the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI). Scientists of CMFRI and CIFT have come together to provide guidance on how the FAO’s 1995 Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries (CCRF) can be operationalized in India.
I request you to kindly read the book and provide your valuable comments on the concepts and implementation plan provided in the book. In order to make your job easier, we are providing a brief questionnaire which you could answer in a simple yes/no format. If, however, you feel strongly about some points you could also write in comments in detail or directly email me the comments. We are also providing a return-addressed stamped envelope through which you could return the comments. We would very much appreciate receiving your comments within 3 weeks of receipt of this book.
I hope that you would be able to comply with our request in spite of your busy schedule in the interest of sustainability of marine fisheries of the country. Looking forward to hearing from you at the earliest.
ICAR Sponsored Winter School at ICAR-CMFRI Kochi on "Recent Advances in Bioactive Compounds" from 23-01-2018 to 12-02-2018
The Marine Biotechnology Division of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi is organizing a Winter School on “Recent advances in bioactive compounds from marine organisms and development of high-value products for health management” at CMFRI, Kochi during 23rd January to 12th February 2018 for Scientists/officials from ICAR institutes/ Universities. The objective of the Winter School is to provide up-to-date information and acquaint the participants with the latest technologies on isolation and characterization of marine natural products of pharmaceutical importance from marine organisms, general and advanced methods of isolation procedures by chromatography, classification of organic compounds and their characterization by advanced spectroscopic experiments. This program further aims giving exposure to the chemical perspectives of marine organisms, primary and secondary bioactive metabolites from fish and marine organisms to develop bioactive compounds and high-value functional food products. Theory & practical classes will be conducted in these areas to provide the participants a hands-on experience. These can serve to plan research on marine bioprospecting in the respective laboratories and institutes of the participants so that they can formulate the strategies for research. The total intake of the course is 25th participants including ICAR Institute/SAU’s/KVKs/Central Universities. The nomination of the sponsored candidates may be forwarded to the undersigned, so as to reach the Course Director of the training programme latest by 30.11.2017 at the address given below. For further information please visit cbp.icar.gov.in and www.cmfri.org.in or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CMFRI develops breeding technology of Indian pompano
The mariculture in India is set to get a major boost with the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) successfully developing the seed production technology of Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee), which has high commercial value both in domestic and international markets.
This is the fifth of its kind achievement made by the CMFRI after the institute developed seed production technology of cobia, silver pompano, orange spotted grouper and pink ear emperor. Indian pompano (locally known as Avoli Vatta) is the most suitable species for cage culture considering its fast growth rate, easy adaptability to culture conditions, quick acceptance of artificial feed, good meat quality and high consumer preference.
Breeding and seed production technology of the species was developed at the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of CMFRI after two years of research. The technology was developed with the help of Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS), a new facility in fish farming.
Indian pompano belongs to the Carangidae family, which is distributed in the Indo West Pacific region and is reported to be present in 15 different countries of the Asian continent. In India, the fish is reported from both the west and the east coasts. It is a marine fish with sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons and the adult fishes prefer shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.
According to Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, this is the first report of successful mass scale seed production of Indian pompano in the world. “The achievement is a major breakthrough in Indian mariculture business which will help the farming community to use the hatchery produced seeds of Indian pompano for cage farming”, he said adding that mariculture activities would be diversified with CMFRI developing seed production technology of one more high value marine fish.
Mariculture to increase marine fish production
“At a time when present capture fishery is facing a stagnation in the country, the CMFRI is more focussing on increasing marine fish production through mariculture. By 2050, India should produce at least 10.5 million tons of marine fish to meet the growing seafood demand. India’s marine fish catch is only 3.63 million tons in 2016”, Dr Gopalakrishnan said adding that CMFRI’s efforts on developing seed production technology high value marine fish was part of this objective.
‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Campaign was inaugurated by Hon’ble Smt.Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
As a part of the implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Hon’ble Smt.Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Campaign at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 17th September 2017. Along with the staff of the Mandapam Regional Centre, the Hon’ble Minister actively involved in cleaning the office premises. Earlier the Swachhta Shapath was also undertaken. The campaign is planned till 2nd October 2017 by observing activities like cleaning the nearby tourist places, public places and forming human chain to create awareness.
As part of the Platinum Jubilee year celebrations of ICAR-CMFRI, the Mangalore Research Centre organized a National workshop on ‘Harmonizing coastal industrialization with marine ecosystem health’ (HCIMEH, 2017) at Mangalore on the 25th of September, 2017. The workshop set the stage for major industries/ organizations located along the Karnataka Coast to present their activities aimed at promoting sustainability with the industrial developments in the coastal area. This also provided an opportunity for discussing the issues and concerns with the researchers and for adopting measures to conserve the marine ecosystem health.
The Chief Guest of the programme, Dr. K.G. Jagadeesha, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada District, inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp, in the presence of Shri. N. Vasudevan, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Maharashtra Mangrove Cell, and Dr. P. Pravin, Assistant Director General (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. Prathibha Rohit, Scientist-in-Charge, MRC of ICAR-CMFRI, Mangaluru presided over the function.
The bilingual policy document “Management plans for the marine fisheries of Karnataka” detailing the advisories for sustainable management of marine fisheries of Karnataka and the souvenir ‘S?marasya’, was released on this occasion.
The inaugural programme was followed by technical sessions in which departments associated with the coastal development (Maharashtra Mangrove Cell, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, Mangalore City Corporation, Department of Karnataka State Fisheries) and major industries (MRPL, KIOCL, IFAFEA) presented their efforts in promoting sustainable development of the coastal area including marine ecosystem health. The technical session was followed by panel discussion which was moderated by Dr. P. Pravin, ADG (Mar. Fy.) ICAR, New Delhi. The other members of the panel included Shri.Y.K.Dinesh (CRZ), Dr. C.K. Murthy (DOF), Shri. Jayprakash S.Nayak (KSPCB). Representatives from industries, government organizations and research institutes actively deliberated during the discussion.
Senior officials from Department of fisheries, Karnataka, Department of forest, KSPCB, CRZ, AFSIB, KFDC, MCC, MRPL, KIOCL, College of Fisheries, Mangaluru and Companies actively participated and interacted in the workshop.
In order to create awareness among the public about the ongoing Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, a human chain was formed in Kochi on 25th September 2017 by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Around 200 staff members of the Institute, including Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI, joined the event. Placards signifying the importance of keeping the public place clean were also carried.
As part of the Swachhata Hi Seva activities, the CMFRI staff members engaged with cleaning premises of CMFRI and other public places, including Mangalavanam and Abraham Madamackal Road. A cleanliness pledge was also taken. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI attended.
CMFRI Wins National Swachh Bharat Award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has won national Swachh Bharat award in recognition of CMFRI’s success implementation of swachh bharat activities across the country by introducing innovative methods last year. The CMFRI grabbed the second prize in national level among the institutes functioning under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ISSWC) in Dehradun got the first prize in the category.
Swachhata Action Plan
During the previous year, CMFRI had formulated a swachhata action plan in public-private partnership which included treatment of wastes, usage of eco-friendly technologies, awareness in health and yoga, ensuring public participation in cleanliness drives, campaigns against plastic usage, measures for water conservation and awareness on plastic wastes in coastal water bodies etc.
Recognition for ‘Fish Cemetery’
Moreover, the setting up of ‘Fish Cemetery’, an art installation to create awareness about the danger of dumping plastic wastes into sea, helped CMFRI to win the prestigious award considering it as an innovative method.
In addition, CMFRI had launched cleanliness drive in the premises of major fishing harbours and the beaches across the country by ensuring public participation. Besides the Kochi centre, the cleanliness drive was carried out by all regional research centres of the CMFRI located in various parts of the country, viz Veraval, Mumbai, Karwar, Visakhapatnam, Mandapam, Tuticorin, Chennai, Mangalore, Calicut and Vizhinjam.
Dr Shyam S Salim, Principal Scientist, is the swachh bharat nodal officer of CMFRI. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI will receive the award at a function to be held in New Delhi next month.
Indo-German Workshop on Use of CMSY in Indian Waters
An Indo-German training workshop on the use of Catch Maximum Sustainable Yield (CMSY) in Indian waters was held at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 5th and 6th October 2017. The workshop was jointly organised by the CMFRI and the G.I.Z., a German government agency, as a part of the Indo-German project to impart training on new approaches to estimate the CMSY for the assessment of Indian fish stocks in cases of data-poor environment.
The experts who spoke at the workshop felt that there was a mechanism to resolve data deficiency while assessing marine fish stocks in Indian waters. Dr Michael Vakily, Programme Director of G.I.Z. said there were global databases relevant to fish stock assessment which could be utilised by Asian scientists.
Dr M.L.D. Palomares, Senior Scientist at the University of British Colombia, Canada invoked the support of Asian scientists in improving the data structure of databases such as FishBase and SeaLIfeBase which would be useful in delivering the CMSY through the new methods.
According to T V Satyanandan, Head of Fishery Resources Assessment Division of CMFRI nearly 700 species of fish are being caught from Indian coastal waters on an average yearly. “However, detailed information necessary for fish stock assessment are usually not available for all the species”, he said adding that the workshop was useful to be familiar with the successful new models for application in data-poor situations.
Dr R Froese, Senior Scientist, Centre of Ocean Research, Germany and Crispina Binohlan, Research Associate, FishBase, Philippines were the other major resource persons in the workshop. The programme was coordinated by the Fishery Resources Assessment Division of the CMFRI.
Apart from the scientists from the CMFRI, the officials from Bangladesh and representatives from the Bay of Bengal Programme also attended the training-cum-workshop.
Workshop on Next Generation Sequencing and its Applications in Fisheries & Agricultural Sciences for beginners
Tuticorin Research Centre of CMFRI Provides Hands-on Training on Microalgal Culture to PG Students
As part of the ongoing Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the ICAR–Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Tuticorin Research Centre (TRC) of the Institute organised a one-day training programme on ‘marine microalgal culture’ to the post-graduate college students of biological science stream in Tuticorin on 10th October 2017.
Shri. V. P. Nema, General Manager, Heavy Water Plant, Dept. of Atomic Energy, Tuticorin inaugurated the function. He appreciated the efforts made by ICAR-CMFRI to make students aware about the techniques of marine microalgal culture and its various applications.
The participants got the opportunity to understand the importance of microalgal culture for hatchery operations and its utilities in different fields. During the technical sessions, experts pointed out that algae have recently received a lot of attention for its enormous uses, a new biomass source for the production of renewable energy, production of food, fertilizer, bioplastics, dyes and colorants, chemical feed stock, pharmaceuticals, and can also be used as a means of pollution control. According to them, phytoplankton or microalgae are photosynthetic organisms provide basic food to all the zooplankton and larval forms of crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms and fin fishes. Earlier marine micro algal studies were focused mainly for providing suitable food to the hatchery systems.
This training involved series of lectures followed by hands on techniques of microalgal isolation, observation, identification, quantification, nutrient preparation for microalgal culture and stock/ mass culture maintenance. Dr. C. P. Suja, Senior Scientist, Shri. C. Kalidas and Shri. D. Linga Prabu Scientists of the Centre led various sessions. The training programme was attended by 21 post graduate students and two faculties of zoology and microbiology.
On the occasion, a brochure on the micro algal culture was released. Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Tuticorin Research Centre, ICAR-CMFRI welcomed the gathering. Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist felicitated the programme.
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CMFRI retains overall title in ICAR South Zone Sports Meet
For the third consecutive time, the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) emerged the overall champions in the ICAR South Zone Inter-Institute Sports Meet held at the Sugarcane Breeding Institute in Coimbatore.
The CMFRI team won the hat-trick title by securing 92 points from 32 events. The Central Plantation Crops Research Institute headquartered in Kasaragod finished runner-up with 74 points.
In the meet, which saw participation of 24 ICAR institutes headquartered in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the CMFRI team members became winners in football, volleyball, badminton, cycling, chess, relay, discuss throw and javelin throw. As many as 54 staff members from the CMFRI participated in the meet.
CMFRI sports team with the trophy after winning the overall title in the ICAR South Zone Inter-Institute Sports Meet held in Coimbatore
ICAR-CMFRI’s RAS facility dedicated to nation by DG ICAR
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR visited Vizhinjam and Visakhapatnam Regional Research Centres of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on 28th October and 7th November 2017 respectively.
The indigenous Re-Circulatory Aquaculture System (RAS) developed by the Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI was dedicated to the nation by the DG, ICAR during his visit to Visakhapatnam Regional Centre on 7th November 2017 in presence of Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Scientist-in-charge, Visakhapatnam Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. Established for broodstock maturation and spawning of marine finfish, the RAS facility will help overcome the challenges in maintaining live broodstock in sea which involves high costs, bio-security problems and possible impacts on marine ecosystem. This system minimizes consumption and wastage of water.
Dr Trilochan Mohapatra observed the functioning of the RAS where broodstock of orange spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) and Indian pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) are being maintained currently. He visited the newly developed Artemia culture unit and the copepod culture unit besides the broodstock facilities at the Centre. Dr Mohapatra also visited the mariculture hatchery of the Centre where he saw larvae of grouper at various stages of development, fingerlings and live feed facility including mass culture of algae and rotifers. The DG released ICAR-CMFRI’s book titled “Prioritized Species for Mariculture in India” and interacted with the scientists and staff members of the Institute along with stakeholders.
During his visit to the Vizhinjam Research Centre of ICAR-CMFRI on 28th October 2017, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra appreciated the achievements made by the Centre and shared his views on research activities with the scientists at the Centre. After visiting the Marine Research Aquarium and other facilities at the Centre, the DG, ICAR urged the scientists to focus more on implementation and widespread dissemination of technologies developed for better adoption among regional, national and global user groups. The Director General requested to have more active collaboration with the State Department functionaries and to maintain regular interaction with the department officials. Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI appraised him of the activities being carried out by the Centre. The DG was accompanied by Assistant Director General ICAR (IPTM & PME) and Directors and Scientists from various Institutes of ICAR such as CTCRI, CIFT, CSSRI, CPCRI, IIHR and ATARI.
Mangalore Research Centre of CMFRI Felicitates Cage Farmers
As part of the year-long Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), the Mangalore Research Centre of the Institute felicitated the first batch of small-scale finfish cage farmers in the Uppunda district to mark the decade-long success of cage farming technology in Karnataka. Besides farmers who adopted who adopted the cage farming technology of CMFRI, the technical and skilled personnel of the Research Centre who were actively involved in the hands-on demonstration of the technology were also honoured during the function held at Uppunda on 8th November 2017.
Dr Prathibha Rohit, Scientist-in-Charge of the Centre made a presentation on the evolution of cage farming technology since 2008 which underwent location-specific alterations over a decade. The Officials from Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Karnataka from Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts and traditional fishermen from Uppunda participated in the programme.
Successful harvest of Spiny lobster and seabream from sea cage farm, from Mundra, Kutch District, by Adani Foundation and Sagar Krishi Sankalp Sammelan-2017
On 2nd November 2017, CMFRI elated the spirits of one of the primitive fishers “Pagadiya” by successfully harvesting spiny lobster Panulirus polyphagus from Adani rehabilitated Sekhadiya fishing village of Mundra, Kutch district, Gujarat. The Adani Foundation through their CSR funds provides a quality livelihood to the fishers by providing a promising alternative livelihood and empowering the fishers through the latest technologies in fisheries. Under the technology transfer and the demonstration consultancy project, CMFRI Veraval Regional Centre has joined hands with Adani Foundation and came with a concept of strengthening of the value chain for the lobster fishery in the Sekhadiya fishing village located at Mundra, Kutchh through open sea cage farming of lobster. The harvest of sea cage farm established by CMFRI in Sekhadiya village for the Pagadiya fisherman was inaugurated by Dr. Imelda Joseph, Head In-Charge and Principal Scientist, Mariculture Division, ICAR-CMFRI and Shri. Mukesh Saxena, Vice President, Adani Foundation and CEO, Adani Port and SEZ Mundra, in the august presence of Smt. Pankthi Shah, Adani Foundation, CSR Head, Dr. Divu D, Scientist In-charge, & Project Leader, Veraval RC of CMFRI, Dr. Aashish kumar Jha, Scientist In-charge, Veraval RC of CIFT, Scientists of CMFRI, Officials from the Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Gujarat and fishermen. In continuation to the successful harvest an awareness programme “Sagar Krishi Sankalp Sammelan-2017” was organized to create the awareness and to showcase the successful participatory farming model to the fisherfolk. Shri. Hasam Bhai Musangara, President, Bharat Adim juth Matsyodyog Sahakar Mandali-Talala, a “Sidi” adivasi who is a progressive sea cage farming farmer and ICAR Pandit Deendayal Krishi Antyodaya puruskar-2016 award winner shared his experiences in lobster sea cage farming which he was carringout for the last 5 years successfully. Shri. Hasam Bhai and his team was associating and extending their service to the Junabundar fisher since beginning of the project.
During the introductory speech at the sea cage harvesting function Shri. Vinay Kumar Vase, Scientist explained about the prospectes of sea cage farming along the Kutch region. He also mentioned that cage farming had come as the boon to the fisherman as an alternative means of livelihood. The fishers of the Sekhadiya fishing village (Juna Bunder) are one of the stakeholders of the Adani Ports and SEZ, Mundra. The Company is with keen interest to venture in the sea cage farming to provide quality livelihood to the fishers especially the women under their CSR funds. Naturally available lobster resources were ample along off Mundra. Two square shape GI cages of 6 x 6 m dimensions were launched on 17th March 2017 and stocked with lobster seeds of 80-120g in both cages with a stocking numbers of 650, 480 numbers respectively in each cage. Trash and low value fish was used as feed, twice in a day. Local natural seeds of seabreams were also stocked along with the lobsters. After 150 days of culture, the lobsters reached an average size range of 220 -250 g. Rearing of the juveniles in cages under capture based aquaculture will fetch a better economic price with additional value and ecologically significantly to the resources.
Dr. Imelda Joseph, Head of Division and Principal Scientist, Mariculture Division, ICAR-CMFRI, congratulate the fisherman and Adani team for their commendable achievement in sea cage farming of lobster along the Kutch region of Gujarat during her inaugural speech. She also said that, the CMFRI was keen to popularise and transfer the technology with the available resources, i.e. commercial production of lobster in open sea cages and fisherman would encouraged to take up commercial cage farming in an intensive way in Kutch region. Shri. Mukesh Saxena, the Vice President Adani Foundation, CEO Adani Port & SEZ Mundra was mentioned about the potential of open sea cage farming technology along the Mundra channel for the socio-economic upliftment of the fishermen in the region. He offered the continued support to the fisherman for cage fabrication and installation for the fishers who are interested to venture in the sea cage farming.
During his felicitation address, Dr. Divu D, Scientist In-charge and Project Leader, Veraval RC of CMFRI explained about the open sea cage farming carried out in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. He had elaborated the different mariculture scheme from both the center and state. He has also mentioned the prospectes of seaweed and crab farming in the Kutch region. He offered the continuous technical support to the fisherman and Adani foundation in connection with the open sea cage farming. Dr. Ashish Kumar Jha, Scientist In-charge, Veraval RC of CIFT congratulated the team of CMFRI, Adnai Foundation and fisherman for the successful farming and harvest of lobster. He also quoted that, he is witnessing the continuous success of open sea cage farming happening in and around Gujarat and Indian coast through the ventures of ICAR-CMFRI.
The fisherman group engaged in cage culture activities at the Sekhadiya fishing village was felicitated by Dr. Imelda Joseph, Shri. Mukesh Saxena, Smt. Pankthi Shah, Dr. Divu D and Dr. Aashish Kumar Jha. Certificate of appreciation and cages were also handed over to the fishermen beneficiaries for the further continuation of the project. Village elders and progressive fishermen were willing to continue the sea cage farming in the future as an additional income source and they are very thankful to the ICAR-CMFRI and Adani Foundation for the technical and financial support.
Training on ‘Sea Cage Farming of Cobia’ under the Technology Up-Gradation Scheme of NFDB at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI
The training programme on ‘Sea-cage Farming of Cobia’ under the technology up-gradation scheme of NFDB was successfully organized at Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI for the fisheries officials of State Fisheries Departments during 13th – 15th November 2017. The training was inaugurated by Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge on 13th November 2017 and he delivered the inaugural address. Dr. R.Jayakumar, Senior Scientist delivered the welcome address. Dr. G.Tamilmani, Scientist proposed vote of thanks. A total of 18 fisheries officials representing Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and West Bengal Fisheries Departments participated the training. Hands on training was imparted on cage & net fabrication, feed management, growth assessment, net exchange, nursery management, packing & transportation, stocking of fingerlings in cages & disease management. Field visit to farming site was also arranged. The valedictory function was conducted on 15th November 2017 at 03.30 pm. Dr.A.K.Abdul Nazar, Scientist-in-Charge delivered the valedictory address and distributed the certificate to participants. Dr.M.Sakthivel & Dr.Johnson,B., Scientist coordinated the training programme.
NITI Aayog Member Prof. Ramesh Chand Visits ICAR-CMFRI
Prof. Ramesh Chand, a full-time member of the NITI Aayog and noted agriculture economist visited the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Kochi on 17th November 2017. During an interaction with scientists of the ICAR-CMFRI, he suggested taking proactive measures to sustainably enhance marine fisheries harvests through scientific interventions. Marine fisheries exports sector should give due importance to develop internationally acclaimed brands through high quality value addition, certification and promotional activities so that India could fully exploit the potentials of niche markets in developed countries, he said.Urging ICAR-CMFRI scientists to focus more on different ways to increase the fish productivity, Prof. Ramesh Chand opined that higher production and technology integration is required to boost domestic and overseas trade of fish and other value added products.
Referring to the fluctuation in fish price, Prof. Chand said that implementing Minimum Support Price (MSP) for fish does not seem to be a practical step due to variety of practical problems. Instead, implementation of some types of price support through Price Stabilization Fund and formation of Fish Producers Organizations will offer solutions in this regard, he added.
He also said that NITI Aayog is concerned over the present growth rate of employment in rural industries. “Creating employment is one of the biggest challenges the country is facing today. Growth rate of employment in rural industries is very poor. During 2005 to 2012 it was meagre 0.65% per year. The planning and vision in the area of agriculture and allied sectors should be re-designed so as to generate more job opportunities in rural areas”, he said, urging the scientists to concentrate on value addition in the sector that offer employment opportunities.Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI apprised him of the various activities being carried out by the Institute. He also expressed his willingness to further deepen the mutual engagements between the CMFRI and NITI Aayog, so that several unfinished tasks could be addressed in a co-ordinated and best possible manner in future.