There is need for new scientific technology and intervention besides more initiative towards feed management, stocking management and latest technology in fishery to increase production and become self-sufficient.
This was conveyed by the scientists and experts while sharing the scientific inputs in enhancing the fishery skills among the farming community during an inaugural session of series of training modules in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Wednesday.
The Fishery Skill Development (SKD) Training Programme sponsored by National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad which comprises of series of training modules from February 12-29 at the training hall of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Churachandpur.
The deputy commissioner of Churachandpur, Khaikhopau Ngaihte inaugurated the day’s event and it was attended by joint director Dr N Prakash of Indian Council of Agricultural Research for north-eastern hill region, Manipur Centre, head in-charge KVK Churachandpur Dr S Roma Devi and subject matter specialist (Fishery) Dr N Soranganba who is the course director of the SKD programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Ngaihte cited that the local fish produce is not sufficient and there is more need for scientific method of aquaculture practice to garner more production and increase the productivity thus increasing production.
In his presidential speech, Dr N Prakash highlighted the importance of fisheries in the State and the need to cope up with the demand and supply deficient.
He mentioned that the State has about one lakh hectre water bodies and produced about 32,000 MT of fish, out of the total requirement of 52,000 MT of fish.
This gap could be filled up by increasing the local production and productivity.
The course director Dr Soranganba specifically designed the training programme with six different modules comprising of freshwater carp culture, composite fish culture, integrated fish farming, quality fish seed production and cage and pen culture to better suit and benefit the fish farmers of Churachandpur district.
Fish fingerlings were distributed to all the participants numbering around 54 including 16 females and it was followed by technical session from the fishery expert.