Fish farmers training underway at Emchi

DOIMUKH, Nov 23: A three-day skill development training programme on sustainable freshwater aquaculture practices for the fish farmers of Papum Pare was inaugurated by District Fisheries Development Officer Kipa Taja at Govt Fish Farmers Training Centre, Emchi on Tuesday.

The training programme - being conducted by the Kolkata Centre of ICAR and Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai in collaboration with the Dept of Fisheries, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh - aims to skill and empower the farmers with scientific and practical knowledge about aquaculture.

In his speech, the DFDO urged the participants to be attentive and utilize the training to learn the nitty-gritty of aquaculture.

Resource person Dr Gouranga Biswas, Sr Scientist, ICAR-CIFE, Kolkata Centre spoke about composite fish culture, integrated fish farming methods and the importance of farm made aquafeed utilizing locally available cheap feed ingredients. “This will reduce the feed cost and improve fish health and help in disease management,” he added.

He further suggested for use of high value fish species in aquaculture for increasing the returns from existing farming systems. 

Technical Officer, ICAR-CIFE, Kolkata Centre, Prakash Kumar Behera demonstrated how to prepare fish feed and displayed how to analyze the quality of water. After testing the water quality of the nearby areas, he recommended for application of agricultural lime to reclaim the acidic soil and water.

A total of 20 fish farmers participated in the training programme. Water testing kit was also distributed to the farmers. (DIPRO)