ICAR-CMFRI Celebrates International Yoga Day
The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) celebrated the 8th International Yoga Day on 21st June 2022 by conducting awareness workshops and demonstration of yoga asanas at its Headquarters in Kochi and various Regional Research Centres. In Kochi, the programme, that started at 10.30 am, was attended by all the staff, students and research scholars of the ICAR-CMFRI, CIFRI Centre and PMFGRC of NBFGR. In an interactive lecture, Mrs. Lalitha Venugopal, Senior Facilitator of the Art of Living Foundation, gave a brief introduction to Yoga and explained the benefits of practising the Yoga for physical and mental well-being. The essential practices of Pranayam and meditation were also done by the participants. The interactive session was followed by a Yoga demonstration by Mr. K Vijayakumar, Yoga Facilitator of the Art of Living Foundation, Kochi which included the joint rotations, stretches, Asanas and Pranayams.
In order to ensure wider participation and create public awareness among stakeholders, ICAR-CMFRI organised a Yoga demonstration for the fishery related workers of the Cochin Fisheries Harbour in Kochi, Kerala on 20th June 2022 at 8.30 at 10.30 am in which nearly 50 participants were benefitted. The fish workers showed keen interest in Yoga practices and requested for further such initiatives.
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.