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Training on Natural Farming of Seaweeds Organized by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI

Training on 'Natural Farming of Seaweeds' Organized by Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI


In connection with the campaign on Annadata Devo Bhava" under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Mandapam Regional Centre of the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) organised a training programme on 'Natural Farming of Seaweeds' on 23rd April, 2022. A total of 135, including fishermen and the staff participated the programme.Dr. G. Tamilmani, Senior Scientist & Head-in-Charge presided over the programme and delivered a talk on importance of natural farming of seaweeds. Later, Dr. Johnson, B., Senior Scientist, provided the knowledge on seaweed farming techniques & integrated multi-trophic aquaculture through presentation. Awareness on government schemes related to seaweed farming under PMMSY was also given. A video on seaweed farming techniques & IMTA prepared by Mandapam Regional Centre was also screened to provide first-hand field knowledge about the technology. The hands-on training on seaweed farming techniques was also given at seaweed farm, Munaikadu.

CMFRI adjudged as best research institute under ICAR

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.