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.
An 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.
CMFRI Launches NFDB-funded Cage Farming Project in Kerala
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has kick-started a major project that would implement 500 cage fish farming units in Kerala. Supported by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) in Hyderabad, the project envisions subsidy and technical support to the farmers to conduct cage fish farming across the coastal districts in the state. According to the programme, 40% of the total expense will be given as subsidy to the farmers who can conduct farming individually or in groups. Women and those from the SC/ST category will get 60% subsidy.
The project was formally launched in Nettoor in Ernakulam district by stocking 1500 and 500 each fingerling of seabass and pearl spot respectively into four cages. Sree Badra Kudumbasree unit comprising 10 members is carrying out the farming in Nettoor.
CMFRI would be implementing 1000 cage fish farming units in Kerala and Karnataka with the financial support of the NFDB, CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan said during the launch of the project. “The programme is aimed at improving the living standards of those living in the coastal regions of the state, besides ensuring the availability of quality and fresh fish across the state”, he said.
“Cage fish farming units will be set up in the coastal regions in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Alappuzha, Kollam, Kannur, Malappuram and Kozhikode in coming days. Species such as sea bass, pearl spot, cobia, pompano and red snapper will be selected for the farming accordingly”, he said.
Maradu Municipality Chairperson Sunila Sibi inaugurated the event. Dr Imelda Joseph, Mariculture Division Head of CMFRI and Ajitha Kumar, Ward Councillor spoke on the occasion.
The CMFRI team selected the farmers among the applications received after reviewing the spot and various conditions of the water resources.
Training to fishermen
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) will provide training in cage fish farming to the fishermen who have registered with Kerala Fishermen’s Welfare Fund Board. The training is for 100 fishermen in two batches from September 24 to 29 at CMFRI. The training will cover the areas such as cage fabrication, site selection, seed selection, feed management, harvest, etc. For registration, contact Mariculture Division of the CMFRI. Phone 0484 2394867.
CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan and Mariculture Division Head Dr Imelda Joseph Receive Rajbhasha Award for Best Article in Hindi
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Dr Imelda Joseph, Head of Mariculture division of the institute received the Rajbhasha Gaurav award instituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the best articles in Hindi. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu presented the award at function held in New Delhi in the presence of Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh.
The article titled ‘mariculture technologies for doubling of income of fishermen’, which was jointly authored by Dr Imelda Joseph and Dr A Gopalakrishnan, won the second prize in all India level. The article was originally published in ‘Matsyagandha’, an in-house Hindi magazine of the CMFRI.
Awareness Workshop on Conservation of Elasmobranchs held at Tuticorin Research Centre
The Tuticorin Research Centre of the ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a one-day awareness programme on “Conservation of Elasmobranchs with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species” to the active coastal fishermen from different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas. Shri. Vimal Raj, Forest Ranger, Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu State Forest Department inaugurated the function. He highlighted various infringement and punishments for the capture and trade of such species listed under protection laws. Mrs. Anju, Assistant Director, Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Regional Office, Thoothukudi felicitated the function and narrated the export oriented information on banned Elasmobranchs. A series of lectures were given by the Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-charge, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists on field level identification keys and with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species highlighting conservation of Elasmobranchs. Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist explained the outline of the programme.
The participants were given with colour charts of protected Elasmobranchs listed under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 to enable them identify and release of the protected Elasmobranchs entangled or captured in their fishing nets accidentally. Fishermen’s views on the species listed under IWPA and CITES were noted for future course of action. The training programme was co-ordinated by Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists. The awareness workshop was attended by 40 fisher fork form 8 different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas.
A series of lectures (in Tamil) on field level identification keys and with emphasis on the protected species under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act (IWPA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listed species highlighting conservation of Elasmobranchs were given by the Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists of this centre to the fisher folks. The participants were given with colour charts of protected Elasmobranchs listed under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for enable them to identify and release of the protected Elasmobranchs entangled or captured in their fishing nets accidentally. A discussion session on fishers view on the species listed under IWPA and CITES was also conducted and the points raised by fishers were noted for future course of action. The training program was co-ordinated by Dr. P.P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. L. Ranjith and Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientists. The awareness workshop was attended by 40 fisher fork form 8 different coastal fishing villages Thoothukudi District and nearby areas. The program ends with the vote of thanks by Shri. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist. The program was widely covered in print media.
Expression of Interest For Technology Transfer for Seed Production of Marine Fin Fish (Orange spotted grouper and Indian pompano)
Hands on training on Fish Ageing Using Hard Parts at CMFRI, Kochi during 2-11 Jan 2019
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CMFRI sets up unit to manage laboratory glass wastes
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has come up with a new initiative for laboratory waste management this time. The Institute set up a glass crushing unit that will manage the recycling of refuse glass bottles used in laboratories by pulverizing them into the sand-like granules, which could be used for construction works.
The unit, which was designed by Anoop Augustin of the Estate and Maintenance Cell of the CMFRI, is part of the Swachha Bharat programme of the Institute. A one-litre glass bottle could be crushed into tiny shreds within two seconds at the unit, which requires 6-unit electricity per hour operation. Besides laboratory glass bottles, all refuse glass materials, including tube lights, could be recycled in the same way using the facility.
CMFRI Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan, who inaugurated the functioning of the glass crushing unit, said laboratories could be kept environment-friendly through the proper management of recycling the glass bottles in the lab after use. “Laboratories use a lot of glass bottles to store chemicals, but those bottles are accumulated as non-gradable wastes in the lab or its premises after use. The glass crushing unit will be of great help to convert all these wastes into recycled material for further use in other purposes”, he said.
As part of its swachhata mission, CMFRI organised cleaning drives besides conducting various awareness programmes. The awareness programmes included human chain, painting exhibition and bike rally.
Chief Administrative Officer C Muralidharan, Dr Shyam S Salim, Dr EM Abdussamad, Dr VP Vipinkumar, A Padmanabhan and Joseph Mathew attended among others during the launch of the glass crushing unit.
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Tuticorin Research Centre Organises Harvest of Seaweeds
Tuticorin Research Centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a harvest of cultured seaweeds at Tsunami Nagar, Thoothukudi District under the project National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) on 11th December 2018. The seaweed farming was part of CMFRI’s initiative to combat the effect of carbon emission through climate resilient farming practices and to ensure alternate livelihood option to the fisherfolk to earn high revenue.
Mrs. Anju, Assistant Director, Tuticorin Regional Office of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Thoothukudi flagged-off the harvest. Seaweed farmers, entrepreneurs of Thoothukudi District and the staff of ICAR-TRC of CMFRI, Thoothukudi were present.
While sharing their farming experience, the farmers said that they got a yield of 10 tonnes of seaweeds (5 fold increase) from a single plot (consist of 100 numbers of monolines) within a culture period of 30-35 days with a net revenue gain of Rs. 35, 000- 40, 000/- per plot. They added that an individual farmer can manage 4 numbers of improvised monoline seaweed plots at a time. The farmgate price of harvested seaweed in wet basis fetches Rs 4/kg and Rs. 40 per kg for dried seaweed with 25-30 % of moisture level.
Dr. P. P. Manojkumar, Principal Scientist & Scientist-in-Charge of the Centre, Dr. I. Jagadis, Principal Scientist, Dr. C. Kalidas, Scientist, Shri. D. Linga Prabu, Scientist and Dr. L. Ranjith, Scientist spoke on the occasion.
The TRC of CMFRI is continuing its efforts to give technical support and scientific advice to the farmers on mariculture practices like sea cage farming of cobia, pompano, lobster, seaweed culture and Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) farming practices.
Madras Regional Centre Conducts Harvest of Farmed Bivalves
Dr. G.S. Sameeran, I.A.S, Director of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu was present on the occasion. He urged farmers to focus on consistent production that, he said, would boost the market prospects of the bivalve in the region. At a function which saw a participation of fishermen community and scientists of the Madras Research Centre of CMFRI, Dr. P. Laxmilatha, Scientist-in-Charge explained various phases of the farming practice. Department of Fisheries handed over the harvested bivalves to the progressive fish farmers led by Shri T.K. Ramesh & T.K. Suresh. Followed by the harvest, the process of depuration of mussels & Oyster was demonstrated and hands on training was given to the fisherwomen. Dr. G. S. Sameeran, I.A.S, distributed certificates to the farmers who participated in the farming.
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.
Winter School on Recent Advances in Fishery Biology Techniques
ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a 21-day Winter School on ‘Recent Advances in Fishery Biology Techniques for Biodiversity Evaluation and Conservation’ from 1 to 21 December 2018. Dr C V Ananda Bose, former Union Secretary inaugurated the programme. During his inaugural address, Dr Ananda Bose spoke about the contributions made by scientists to the nation. According to him, it was scientific community which brought laurels to the country after the independence. Terming the ‘green revolution’ a milestone in India’s growth, he said that the country owed to the scientists under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for saving the rural population from starvation. “Green revolution was one of the most important accomplishments the country achieved after the independence. This helped India make a tremendous progress in food and agriculture sector”, he said.
Dr Bose also said that the authorities should have a keen interest in finding solutions to the issues of fishermen who voluntarily came forward to save many lives during the recent deluge in Kerala. Referring to the degradation of coastal ecosystem, he further said that serious attention is required to protect coastal environment. “Dumping of industrial and other wastes into the sea has caused excessive accumulation of plastic wastes in marine ecosystem among many other environmental issues”, he said.
During the valedictory of the Winter School, Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI said scientists should focus on real science and its underlying truth while dealing with fisheries research.
“With the advent of modern technologies, studies related to fisheries biology and classical taxonomy have been less prioritised these days”, he said. “It is sad that many researchers today often get attracted to modern techniques and catchy jargons rather than delving into the real science behind many of our issues”, he said.
He also said that CMFRI is keen on expanding research collaborations in relevant areas with universities and other institutes. “Collaborative research will generate better data sets from every nook and corner of the country. Even small research or academic institutes with minimal infrastructure can do wonders through collaborative programmes”, he said.
Renowned scientists and experts in the area presented lectures on various sessions during the 21-day programme. The practical sessions were conducted in different laboratories of the institute and hands on training in latest software was also provided to the participants as part of the winter school. Researchers from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala participated in the winter school.
Course Director Dr Rekha J Nair, Dr V Mahesh and Dr Ambarish Gopi spoke on the occasion.
Theeranaipunya Training Concludes
A group of young women from fishing community in Ernakulam district has learnt a plethora of lessons to realise their dreams, including securing a profession matching their tastes. The fourth batch of the Theeranaipunya project, an initiative of the Society for Assistance to the Fisherwomen (SAF) of the Fisheries Department to impart training for skill enhancement and capacity building, has successfully completed empowerment training from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), which acted as a nodal agency to implement the project in Ernakulam district.
An initiative of social commitment, the CMFRI organised the two-month-long programme continuously for the fourth time with the support and guidance of the SAF. The training programme, which started in October, focused on the cognitive development of young fisherwomen helping themselves transform their living standard into a better level. A model initiative for women empowerment, the programme was primarily aimed at ensuring better employability to the fisher youth and making them financially self-reliant.
In the first month of the programme, the CMFRI imparted training to the selected young women from the fishing community in the district on a slew of areas such as employability skills, interpersonal skills, communication, management, entrepreneurship, aptitude, motivation, self-improvement, communication, interpersonal skills, profiling, etc. aimed at gender mainstreaming of the fisherwomen. During the next month, the trainees were sent to 35 different institutes or organizations in government and private sectors of their choice and interest, considering their future prospects of employment and career.
The participants were also guided in choosing appropriate academic programmes for higher studies and developing entrepreneurial tastes to become entrepreneurs. As many as 40 unemployed young fisherwomen who have an educational qualification of plustwo or above attended the Theeranaipunya training in its fourth batch. CMFRI will extend further support to the participants to help them placed in better positions after the training.
Karthika Manoj from Njarakkal was selected as the best trainee of the batch while Lakshmi S Babu from Punithura and Sushmitha N from Vaikom bagged second and third places respectively.
CMFRI Principal Scientist Dr Shyasm S Salim is the course director of the Theeranaipunya project in Ernakulam.
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.