Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture visits ICAR-CMFRI
The Parliamentary Standing Committe on Agriculture with Shri P C Gaddigoudar as the chairperson and Shri Afzal Ansari, Shri A Ganeshamurthi, Shri Kanakamal Katara, Shri Abu Taher Khan, Smt Shardaben Anilbhai Patel, Shri Bheemrao Baswanthrao Patil, Shri Pocha Brahmananda Reddy, Shri V K Sreekandan Nair, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, Shri Ram Nath Thakur and Smt Chhaya Verma as the members visited Visakhapatnam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI) on 10th September, 2021. On arrival at the Marine Hatchery Complex, the committee was greeted by Dr. P Pravin, ADG (M Fy),ICAR, Dr. Prathibha Rohit, Principal Scientist and Director Nominee and Dr. Shubhadeep Ghosh, Head (in charge) of the Centre.
The committee members visited the indigenously developed Recirculatory Aquaculture System (RAS). The components of the system were briefed to the members, and the committee evinced keen interest and found time to feed the fishes. The members then visited the broodstock section, where broodfishes of orange-spotted grouper, Indian pompano and John’s snapper are maintained in 100 ton concrete cement tanks equipped with recirculation.
Later the chairperson and the members praised the contribution of the Centre regarding the overall development of marine capture fisheries and mariculture in the region. They expressed their happiness over the performance of the Institute, and hoped that the interventions made with respect to capture and culture fisheries would ensure doubling of farmers' income, as envisaged in our policies. Several pamphlets on marine capture fisheries, including policy advisories, marine and estuarine cage farming, coastal pond farming and artificial reefs were released by the dignitories on the occassion.
Two of the committee members—Shri Afzal Ansari and Shri Abu Taher Khan—visited the marine cage farm at Ramakrishna Beach on the early morning of 11th September, 2021. All marine cages, both for broodstock maintenance and for grow-out, were exhibited to the members. This helped them observe the biomass and the growth rate of orange spotted grouper and Indian pompano in the cages. Benefits and details on cage farming, including economics were also explained to the members.
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.