COVID crisis: ICAR-CMFRI extends support to transgender community
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has extended support to the transgender community in Ernakulam, Kerala who were severely affected by the COVID lockdown.
Under the Recreation Club of the ICAR-CMFRI, food kits including vegetables were distributed among the transgender members who hit hard following job loss and disruption in other means of income, on 30th May 2021. Earlier, ICAR-CMFRI had helped Athidhi Achuth to become the country’s first transgender entrepreneur in fisheries sector by providing with a modernized fish vending stall. Athidhi helped CMFRI to identify the members from the community who badly needed a helping hand during this difficult time.
Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Director of ICAR-CMFRI distributed the kits having 28 food items to the transgender members. He stated that the institute has plans to empower the community by encouraging them to become small-scale entrepreneurs in cage fish farming through proper training. Cage fish farming is one of the best options of gender mainstreaming and turning into cage farming ventures would be greatly beneficial to them to earn additional income, he said. ICAR-CMFRI provided support to Athidhi Achuth in March under the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) scheme.
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.
Name of ICAR-CMFRI appearing in the ICAR
Foundation Day Award Ceremony Presentation on 16 July 2020