Union Minister Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi launches ICAR-CMFRI’s project on cage culture demonstration in Odisha
Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying and MSME launched a project on ‘Cage Culture Demonstration of Indian Pompano (Trachinotus mookalee) by ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) at Bahabalpur, Odisha on 10th January, 2021. The project was funded by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB). Foundation stone was laid for the project by the Minister at Bahabalpur Fishing Harbour followed by the lighting of the lamp.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi said the project would be an eye opener for the coastal fisher folk of Odisha. Lauding the efforts of ICAR-CMFRI for conceiving the project, he stated that the marine cage farm developed at Chandipur-Bahabalpur would become a model demonstration farm that helps farmers understand the benefits of cage fish farming. Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi reiterated the fact that cage farming is a boon to the landless farmers.
The Minister also briefed on the benefits of cage farming and other developmental schemes framed by the Govt. of India under the PMMSY. Later, he visited the exhibition stall set up by ICAR-CMFRI, and appreciated the efforts taken up by the institute in revolutionising the marine capture fisheries and mariculture of the country.
Other dignitaries present in the inauguration included Dr. C. Suvarna, Chief Executive of National Fisheries Development Board; Dr. J. Balaji, Joint Secretary (Marine Fisheries), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; Shri Sagar Mehra, Joint Secretary (Inland Fisheries), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; Shri S. R. Pradhan, Director, Directorate of Fisheries; Shri K. Sudarsan Chakravarty, District Collector; Smt. Sumati Nayak, Zilla Parishad Member and Smt. Rashmita Mandal, Sarpanch.
Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Head, Principal Investigator, ICAR-CMFRI Visakhapatnam Regional Centre welcomed the dignitaries and Dr. Subal Kumar Roul, In-Charge of Puri Field Centre of ICAR-CMFRI proposed vote of thanks.
CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR
CMFRI wins ICAR’s highest award
The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has been adjudged as the best research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The CMFRI won the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR institutions award, the highest award of the ICAR in the category of the large institutions with a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakhs, a Silver Plaque, Certificate and Citation.This is in recognition of CMFRI’s excellent performance in marine fisheries research during the period from 2014 to 2019.
This is the second time CMFRI bagging this prestigious award. Various cutting edge research activities including development of mariculture technologies such as open sea cage fish farming, seaweed farming, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and breeding and seed production technologies for marine food fish and ornamental fishes which were aimed to enhance the income of fishermen helped CMFRI achieving the highest ranking among more than 110 agricultural and allied research institutes in the country. CMFRI’s efforts on preparing a range of policy guidelines, including the works on minimum legal size (MLS), National Policy on Mariculture and ecosystem-based management towards the sustainable utilization of marine fisheries resources were well appreciated. Its research initiatives in developing nutraceutical products from marine organisms to treat type 2 diabetes, arthritis, obesity, thyroid and hypertension also played a major role in winning the award. In addition, the institute exhibited leadership in winning several externally funded research projects such as National Brood bank for Cobia and Silver pompano and a Centre of Excellence and Innovation funded by the DBT. The institute also obtained many patents during the period.