Union Minister for MSME, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry, Pratap Sarangi urged upon scientists at the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture Institute to develop viable organic fish farming models and water efficient aquaculture methods to increase productivity.

Addressing the 19th National Fish Farmers’ Day at the CIFA  Kausalyaganga campus here on Wednesday, Sarangi said the centre is committed for aquaculture development through Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana.

The Union Minister asked farmers to adopt advanced scientific methods to produce more fish and achieve self-sufficiency. He also asked the farmers not to use any antibiotic substances in fish farming.

It may be noted here that the National Fish Farmers’ Day is commemorated in remembrance of scientists Dr KH Alikunhi and Dr HL Chaudhury who had successfully induced bred one of the carp species on this day way back in 1957 which eventually changed the face of Indian aquaculture.

Prof Haribhandu Panda, Vice Chancellor, Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar urged all stakeholders to bring more synergy and convergence to develop an ecosystem by which aquaculture value chain can be established to benefit the society.

Ms Priyanka Mohanty, Director, Falcon Marine Exports Pvt Ltd, briefed about the changing market scenarios and emphasized on how the small farmers can take part in the growth story of the aquaculture development in the country.

Addressing the gathering, ICAR-CIFA Director (Acting) Dr Bindu R Pillai highlighted the major achievements of the institute during the last 3 decades towards the freshwater aquaculture sector in the country.

She also outlined the recent inventions of the institute like Rohu Jayanti, FRP portable hatchery, feeds for different life stages of fish, disease diagnostics kits, improved CIFABROODTM, Hybridization detection kit and other useful technologies for the farmers.

Around 90 fish farmers from Odisha and other parts of the country were present at the event. Thirteen fish farmers from different parts of India were felicitated for their contributions to the development of freshwater aquaculture.

The awardees also shared their experience in fish farming with the audience.