CIFA celebrates 86th ICAR foundation day

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar based Central Institute of
Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), a constituent of Indian Council of Agricultural
Research (ICAR); celebrated its 86th Foundation Day of ICAR on Wednesday.
“The purpose of observing ICAR foundation day in CIFA is to
recollect, share and sensitize people about the roles and contributions of ICAR
for the growth and development of our country,” said Dr P Jayasankar, Director
of CIFA.
Jayasankar said, “People will be also appraised of various
plans, research programmes of the institute highlighting the technologies
pertaining to carps, catfishes, murrels, koi, prawns, ornamental fishes, pearl
culture, portable carp and magur hatchery and different products developed by
it, so that they may utilize and spread these development messages among
others. In the present transitional phase where there is a paradigm shift from
production to productivity to agri-business, one of the major focuses of the
Institute is to develop entrepreneurship in freshwater aquaculture.”
About 300
representatives comprising several renowned dignitaries in the field of
research and development, entrepreneurs, rural youths, fisheries and management
students from colleges and universities of Odisha, officials from NABARD, RBI,
BOI, MSME, APICOL and other stakeholders attended the function.
On the occasion, an interactive technical session ‘Entrepreneurship
Development in Freshwater Aquaculture’ involving all stakeholders was organized
along with a few lead lectures to sensitize and motivate youths to take up
aquaculture-business  as profession.

Prof K. Pradhan, Former Vice Chancellor, Odisha University
of Agriculture & Technology inaugurated the function and delivered a
lecture on contributions of ICAR for ensuring food security of our country. He
underscored the further needs for appropriate innovations in agricultural
research, education, technology transfer and marketing of products to make the
organization ever responsive, resilient, vibrant and viable. 

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