Workshop on Sensitization and Awareness Creation on seaweed farming for sustainable development and women empowerment - A gender blind approach at Jambur Village Talala, Gujarat
A workshop on “Sensitization and Awareness creation on seaweed farming for sustainable development and women empowerment -A gender blind approach” was organized at Jambur village, Talala in Gujarat on 04-07-2023. The programme was organized with an objective of creating large scale awareness on Seaweed Farming among the “Sidi” tribal women and to motivate them to undertake seaweed farming based on successful models in India’s most promising seaweed belt namely, Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The session commenced with a welcome address by Dr. Divu D, Senior scientist, VRS of CMFRI, Veraval. The inauguration of the programme was done by Honorable Padmashree awardee 2023, Smt. Hirabaiben Lobi, who has carved a niche for herself in the field of social work and for promoting the livelihood standards of the Sidi tribals. Dr. Rajan Kumar, Scientist, VRS of CMFRI, Veraval, briefed about the agenda and objectives of the workshop. Dr. Divu D, made a technical presentation on the “Scope and potential for seaweed farming along the coast of Gujarat” and narrated his experiences on seaweed farming across the state. He also explained about PMMSY scheme in context with seaweed farming.
Dr. Swathi Lekshmi PS, Scientist -In-Charge, VRS delivered a presentation on “Gender in seaweed farming, a success story from Ramanathpuram District of Tamil Nadu”. She explained the genesis of seaweed farming in the State and spoke on the role and success of women in seaweed across TN state coast for the last 3 decades. She also presented on the current status of women’s contribution to this area, future prospects and challenges pertaining to this sector for women. Dr. P.S.Swathi lekshmi also debated on the ways in which seaweed farming could be taken up on a family farming model in line with Tamil Nadu State.Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi, joined the session through video conference and felicitated Padmashree Smt. Hirabiben Lobi and expressed his gratitude for having graced the occasion with her enlightening presence. The Director CMFRI also extended an invitation for the honorable chief guest of the workshop for the 16th Agriculture Science Congress 2023 at Kochi. Smt. Hirbai ben Lobi was felicitated with a memento by the Scientist-in-Charge on this occasion. The Director, CMFRI also congratulated the entire CMFRI VRS Team for the successful conduct of the workshop. Smt. Shikha Rahangdale, Scientist, VRS enlightened the audience on “Women empowerment in seaweed farming for Gujarat coast”. She encouraged women participants by describing the importance of being self-reliant in their families and to generate livelihood avenues through seaweed farming activity.During this workshop two technical books namely “Open Sea cage farming” in Hindi and “Cage Mariculture” in Gujarati were jointly released by the honorable chief guest of the programme Smt. Hirbai ben Lobi and the Director CMFRI Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan,who joined virtually.
Padmasree Smt. Hirbai ben Lobi delivered a fruitful and encouraging speech by narrating the struggles encountered in her life, and dwelt on the current socio-economic status and challenges of Sidi tribal women and also proposed the opportunities in store for women and the way forward. She motivated all women participants to come forward and become self-reliant in order to provide additional source of income to their families.The technical session was dealt by Dr. Suresh Kumar Mojjada, Senior Technical Officer who imparted hands-on training on the methods of seaweed farming and the ways in which women could be gainfully employed in the venture. He further demonstrated the methods of HDPE raft preparation, net-tube, and monoline preparations and seaweed stocking.The session was concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. Suresh Mojjada followed by the National Anthem.
'Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana' (PMMSY)
A total of 6.8 million green tiger shrimp seeds (PL 35) were sea ranched at Mandapam, Koyilvadi (Palk Bay) on 7th September, 2023 under the Project entitled "Sea ranching of Green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) Post Larvae (PL) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu" funded by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India under the Central Sector Scheme component of the PMMSY. The shrimp seeds were released by Shri. M. Sivakumar, Assistant Director of Fisheries and Fisherman Welfare, Mandapam, Fishermen Association Leaders in the presence of Dr. K. Vinod, Head, Dr. G. Tamilmani, Principal Investigator of the project, Scientists and staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI. The fishermen thanked the Government of India and ICAR-CMFRI for such an initiative and expressed that this activity will be helpful in replenishing and enhancing the green tiger shrimp stock in the wild. A total of 75.34 million green tiger shrimp seeds were sea ranched in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar since the inception of the Project (February, 2022). The sea ranching programme was coordinated by Dr. B. Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Centre.
Sea ranching of the green tiger shrimp Penaeus semisulcatus under the Central Sector Scheme component of
'Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana' (PMMSY)
A total of 1.6 million green tiger shrimp seeds (PL 20) were sea ranched at Maraikayarpattianam (Gulf of Mannar) on 23rd June, 2023 under the Project entitled "Sea ranching of Green tiger shrimp (Penaeus semisulcatus) Post Larvae (PL) in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar, Tamil Nadu" funded by Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India under the Central Sector Scheme component of the PMMSY. The shrimp seeds were released by the staff of Mandapam Regional Centre of ICAR-CMFRI in the presence of Dr. G. Tamilmani, Head-in-Charge & Principal Investigator of the project. A total of 58.24 million green tiger shrimp seeds were sea ranched in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar since the initiation of the Project (February, 2022). The sea ranching programme was coordinated by Dr. B. Johnson, Senior Scientist of the Centre.