Country’s first ‘Farmer’s Front’ formed for promoting mariculture entreprneurship
ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute’s (ICAR-CMFRI) innovative mariculture technology of intercropping introduced for the scheduled cast beneficiaries has turned into a huge success in Gujarat. The Veraval Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI conceptualized the idea of intercropping of marine finfishes in coastal shrimp ponds in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for doubling the fishers’ income and demonstrated it successfully among the SC community in the state. The innovative farming produced a total yield of 13.1 tonnes that includes 5.2 tonnes of silver pompano and 7.9 tonnes of shrimps. ICAR-CMFRI guided the registered SC society under the Schedule Caste Sub-Plan (SCSP) to carry out the front-line demonstration of silver pompano intercropping with tiger shrimps in coastal marine farms.
The concept was intended to ensure round the year production of both finfishes and shellfishes by taking 3-4 months fallow farm period into an active production cycle. A total of 30,000 number of silver pompano seeds were stocked in two mariculture ponds of one acre each and reared for 6 months along with various shrimp species in a commercial scale.
The Station conducted intercrop harvest mela of marine finfish and shellfish with Matsya Sampada Krishi Sammelan on 29th August 2021 and handed over the yield to the beneficiaries. The intercropping is also aimed at reviving tiger prawn culture in the region, as a part of species diversification. Five entrepreneurs signed MoU with ICAR-CMFRI for the adoption of this technology. More than 150 stakeholders including shrimp and fish farmers, entrepreneurs, feed formulation and hatchery units and other aquaculture sector representatives from the coastal districts of Gujarat attended the programme.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director ICAR-CMFRI, in his inaugural address highlighted the importance of coordinated effort by researchers, planners, and administrators in order to bring home the success of doubling farmer’s income and enhancing seafood production. The initiative will provide a common platform for brainstorming and strategizing future course of action towards achieving the PMMSY goals in the region, he said. Harish Nair, Chief Administrative Officer, ICAR-CMFRI; Dr. Ashish Kumar Jha, Scientist-In-Charge,Veraval Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT; Shri. Vinod Kumar, Dy. Director, MPEDA, Shri. Vimal Pandya, SF, Dept. of Fisheries, Govt of Gujarat and Dr. Divu D., Scientist-In-Charge, Veraval Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI attended.
“Farmer’s Front” formed
In a bid to improve the practice of technology adoption, the Veraval Regional Station of ICAR-CMFRI also formed “Farmer’s Front” in association with Shri. Bhimrao Matsya Udyog Seva Sahakari Mandali-Dari at Gujarat, first ever in the country, for promoting mariculture entrepreneurship development in Gujarat. It is aimed at overcoming hurdles and complexities involved in technology adoption and to develop entrepreneurial initiatives among stakeholders through training and skill-development programmes in mariculture in Gujarat region. Those who adopted the technologies at initial level will be used as ‘Master Trainers’ and act as a ‘brand ambassadors’ of successful mariculture technology. The Front comprises skilled society youth who are trained hands-on over a period by ICAR-CMFRI on various mariculture technologies.
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.