National Fish Farmers Day celebrated in Raha »News Live TV» Assam
GUWAHATI: The 21st National Fish Farmers Day was celebrated on Saturday in a dignified manner at Jungal Balahu Fish Farm in Raha, Nagaon District.
In sync with the event, some selected progressive fish farmers were praised for their outstanding contributions to the field of fish farming business.
Speaking on the occasion, the guest of honor, Minister of Fisheries, Parimal Suklabaidya, said: “It was during the tenure of the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the fishing sector was given top priority. He said Prime Minister Modi has recognized fish as an asset and that in itself is a matter of great pride and satisfaction for the country’s fish farmers. Unlike in the past, fishing is no longer a neglected sector, ”he said, adding that the BJP-led government in Assam had made a concerted effort to use the state’s vast water resources to improve ” increase fish production.
Suklabaidya commended the fish farmers for their commendable contributions to the food and nutrition security of the state and the country as a whole. “I send my warmest greetings and best wishes to the fish farmers across the state. I also call on young people to come forward and get into fish farming as a lucrative business, ”he joked.
The Minister thanked the fish farmers for their exceptional contribution to the quality of animal proteins in the country’s food basket.
Recognizing the unparalleled hardships and perseverance of the farming community, Suklabaidya thanked the farmers for adopting the latest technologies such as Biofloc and Cage Culture to increase production.
Suklabaidya said the state has been making steady progress in the fish farming sector since 2016 with fish production reaching 3.93 lakh metric tons. He exuded optimism that fish production would increase to five lakh metric tonnes with the establishment of a gene bank, for which the government spent Rs.10 crore.
He said many young people who returned to the state due to the COVID-induced lockdown have embarked on fish farming by building individual and community ponds with government grants. “Of the 12,000 individual and community ponds, 10,000 ponds have been built,” he added.
The Minister also recalled the donation of scientist Dr. Hira Lal Chaudhury of induced reproductive technology to the “Blue Revolution” in India. Chaudhury successfully demonstrated hypophysation (induced reproductive technology) in large Indian carp (common name for several fish species) on July 10, 1957.
Suklabaidya ensured the continued empowerment of the agricultural community for the sustainable development of fisheries through innovative technological interventions.
Congratulating the fish farmers on the occasion, Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Kavitha Padmanabhan said the fishing sector in the district is making good progress and the district has achieved self-sufficiency on the fish production front. “25% of the district’s fish are exported to other parts of the state and the northeast of the country,” she said, adding that the district received the award for the best district in the country during the last world fishing day. year.
She said the farmers have stepped forward to adopt the latest technology, including Biofloc technology to improve production and income. Padmanabhan said fish production will get a major boost with the establishment of a fish feed factory in the district, which will help reduce transportation costs.
Padmanabhan called on the minister to develop the historic Jungal Balahu fish farm as an ecotourism site with angling and boating facilities, as well as a fish museum for children.
MLA and president of the Assam Fisheries Development Corporation (AFDC), Ramakanta Dewri urged young people to come forward to get into fishing, as the state has enormous potential in the form of vast water resources.
District Fisheries Development Officer Nagaon Dr Ramendra Chandra Barman, Officer Matsya Jibi Kosh, BJP, Assam Unit, Ganesh Das and Fisheries Director NK Debnath also spoke on the occasion. Associate Dean, College of Fisheries, Raha, Dr. Binod Kalita, Organizing Secretary, Assam State BJP, Phanindra Nath Sarma, MD, FISHFED, Dr. Dhrubajyoti Sharma, Former MP, Guneswar Das and FDO attached to Minister, Pratul Deka were present .
Earlier, Minister Suklabaidya and other dignitaries distributed chital fish fry and Jayanti Rohu spawn to progressive fish farmers. He also published a magazine ‘Matsya Jibi’ and a PMMSY leaflet on this occasion. The minister also planted saplings.
A fish seed multiplication center with induced selection built within the framework of APART was inaugurated by the president of AFDC, Dewri.