ICAR-CMFRI Extends Support to Police Officers on COVID Duty in Kochi
In a gesture of moral backing to the Kochi City Police in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has extended support to 1000 police officers who serve COVID duty in the city.
ICAR-CMFRI’s support included 1000 N-95 masks, water bottles and reusable gloves. Kochi city has higher number of COVID cases and Ernakulam is one among the districts which have higher Test Positivity Rate (TPR) in Kerala. In the circumstances, the Kochi Police is striving hard to control the situation in the region.
ICAR-CMFRI’s support was handed over by Director Dr A Gopalakrishnan to A J Thomas, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ernakulam Central Police Station on 13th May 2021 in the presence of Hareesh Nair, Chief Administrative Officer of ICAR-CMFRI and Jose Kuruvila, PRO of Ernakulam Central Police Station. The Recreation Club of ICAR-CMFRI took initiative to extend the support to the police.
In addition, tapioca cultivated by Krishilokam Club of ICAR- CMFRI at the residential complex in Kasturba Nagar was also distributed among the police officers in the duty. The institute distributed the yield among the family members in Kasturba Nagar colony who were tested COVID positive.
ICAR-CMFRI’s support assumes significance in the wake of increasing trend of COVID cases having a cascading effect in Kerala.
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