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ICAR-CMFRI trains fisheries officials from African Asian countries

ICAR-CMFRI trains fisheries officials from African Asian countries

ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi conducted a 15-day international training-cum-workshop in fisheries and aquaculture for the fisheries officials from 10 member countries of the African Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) from 15th to 29th October 2019 at the ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi.


The workshop was aimed at imparting training on a range of topics such as marine fisheries assessment, fish stock estimation, marine fisheries environment, impact of climate change on fisheries, responsible fisheries and mariculture activities. Fisheries officials from Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Oman, Morocco, Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius, Malaysia and Sri Lanka attended the training. The participants were given opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest research and development activities being carried out by the ICAR-CMFRI. The programme included field visits and extensive travel through the coastal areas of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.


The programme was part of an international collaboration between the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and the AARDO, which is an inter-governmental organisation in the field of agricultural and rural development with its headquarters in New Delhi.

During the valedictory of the training programme on 29th October 2019, Dr Manoj Nardeosingh, Secretary General of the AARDO was the guest of honour. He stressed the need for regional cooperation between the AARDO nations to improve the fisheries sector in respective countries. The Secretary General also said that experts and professionals in fisheries sector should focus on value addition and speedy transfer of technologies to transform the lives of the people in African Asian countries. Dr Manoj Nardeosingh appreciated ICAR-CMFRI for the smooth conduct of the AARDO training programme for the third consecutive years and he expressed his willingness to cooperate with the ICAR-CMFRI in coming years too.


Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of CMFRI presided over the function. Dr C N Ravi Shankar, Director of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi was the chief guest at the function. Dr Imelda Joseph, Course Director of the training programme and Somy Kuriakose, Coordinator spoke on the occasion.

 

ICAR - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute bags Rajarshi Tandon Rajbhasha Puraskar

ICAR - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute bags Rajarshi Tandon Rajbhasha Puraskar

ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi bagged Rajarshi Tandon Award (Ist Position) instituted by the ICAR, New Delhi for the excellent implementation of Official Language Policy among the Institutes situated in ‘C’ Region for the year 2017-2018. Institute is getting the Award for the 10th time. Dr.A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, CMFRI and Smt. E.K.Uma, Chief Technical Officer (Hindi) jointly received this prestigious Award from Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General of ICAR on the occasion of ICAR Foundation Day Celebration held on 16th July, 2019 at NASC Complex, New Delhi. 





Hands on training on Fish Ageing Using Hard Parts at CMFRI, Kochi

Hands on training on Fish Ageing Using Hard Parts at CMFRI, Kochi



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ICAR-CMFRI hosts Buyer Seller Meet and Kisan Mela

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 visitors.


An exhibition of farm machineries gave an insight into the application of agro-drones, that are used in agriculture for pest and disease management. This section also provided inputs as well as material for those interested in taking up farming activities. Method of hydroponic farming practices were also exhibited in the fest.  A special pavilion was designed for extending support to people to make easier bank loan formalities with the support of Bank of India. Discussions on relevant topics were also held as part of the programme.  


Hands on Training Programme on Oyster Farming for Scheduled Caste members

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 releases 1.2 million shrimp seeds into sea

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.