January 12, 2021
India's animal husbandry minister visits aquaculture institute in Bhubaneswar
India's Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, has recently visited the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA) in Bhubaneswar, and reviewed freshwater aquaculture research being carried out by the institute.
The minister was accompanied by officials from the Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying (FAHD) and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME).
Sarangi underscored the need to develop sustainable technology for better, environment friendly productions and carry out result-oriented research. He said that CIFA should sign a memorandum of understanding with State & UT Departments for faster dissemination of aquaculture technologies.
The minister interacted with scientists at the institute and encouraged them to develop technology packages to attract unemployed youth in rural communities, develop entrepreneurship and contribute to realising India Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling farmers' income by 2022.
The minister also visited CIFA farm facilities and inaugurated a recirculatory aquaculture system.
In January-March this year, ICAR-CIFA will be conducting as many as 23 virtual training programmes on various aspects of freshwater aquaculture.