Fish Farmers Day has been celebrated at the
Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai on 8th July,
2005. On this occasion Dr. S.C. Mukherjee, Director, CIFE extended
a hearty welcome to the Chief Guest, Dr. S. D. Tripathi, former
Director, CIFE and to the guest of honour Dr. K. N. Sankholli,
former Dean, College of Fisheries, Ratnagiri, to the farmers
from various States and to the other guests. Observing that
India ranked fourth in the world fish production with an annual
growth rate of 6%, he said that in inland aquaculture production,
India held the second position globally, adding that, since
last 10 years fish production had almost doubled in the country
with increased utilisation of resources and intensification
of effort. With the view of commemorating the achievements of
inland culture fisheries sector, the Fisheries Division of the
Union Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, decided to
earmark 10th July as a special day for the fish farmers of the
country, called Fish Farmers Day. The pioneering results achieved
by Dr. Hiralal Chaudhuri and Prof. Alikunhi on induced breeding
of major carps on 10th July, 1957 and its enormous application
in the rural sector had enabled spread of scientific and sustainable
fish farming in the country in last four decades. The culture
fisheries sector had grown by leaps and bounds in last 20-25
years in the country to generate employment, achieve higher
production and it had become an aggressive income generating
industry, he added.
He emphasised that ever since its establishment in 1961, CIFE,
Mumbai had been playing a pivotal role in fisheries education
and training, while also observing that, today, CIFE stood tall
as a premier alma mater in the Global Fisheries Map. The alumni
of this Institute had spread all over India and abroad as renowned
researchers, administrators, eminent teachers, farm owners and
established entrepreneurs. CIFE fondly honours these veterans
of Indian fisheries sector of the country every year on the
“Farmers’ Day” who excel in their efforts
in augmenting fish production and who have become examples in
the fish farming sector for their leadership, he said.
More than 150 farmers participated in the function including
those from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal
and Rajasthan. On the occasion seven farmers from different
States were felicitated and given Best Farmer Award for their
contributions to aquaculture as detailed in the following paragraph.
Messers Dipak Roy and Ashish Kumar Sarkar of West Bengal, Mr.
Balusu Suryanarayana Murthy of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Ajit Sinha
Patil, Managing Director, Pancham Aqua Farm Ltd., Maharashtra,
Mr. Kamalesh Gupta, Secretary, Maharashtra Shrimp Farmers Association,
Mr. Manoj Sharma of Gujarat and Mr. Amit Kumar Tarad of Rajasthan
were given the Awards. Mr. Pradeep Navik, Gujarat received a
letter of appreciation. The chief guest Dr. S. D. Tripathi felicitated
the farmers and distributed the Awards.
On the eve of ‘Fish Farmers Day 2005’ the first
Dr. Jalihal Memorial Trust Award for best thesis of M.F.Sc.
was also presented to Miss Dharitri Chaudhuri of CIFE, Mumbai
by the Guest of Honour Dr. K. N. Sankolli for her thesis entitled
“Effect of dietary immunonutrients on growth and survival
of Labeo rohita fingerlings”. Her thesis work was supervised
by Dr. A. K. Pal, Principal Scientist of CIFE, Mumbai. Dr. R.
S. Biradar, Head, Division of FITE & TD, CIFE briefed about
the objectives of Dr. Jalihal Memorial Award. Ms. Chaudhuri
explained her work through a power point presentation.
The awardees explained their success stories through documentary
films and power point presentations. Dr. M.P.S. Kohli proposed
the vote of thanks.
Given here under are accounts of achievements of Awardees.
A.B. Patil : One out of the seven Best Fish Farmer Awards of
CIFE for the year 2005 was conferred upon Ajitsinha Bajirao
Patil in recognition of his contribution to Aquaculture on West
coast of India. An engineer by profession, Patil took up Aquaculture
at Saphale region, Thane district, Maharashtra in the year 1990.
He established the Pancham Aquaculture Farm and produced therefrom
per annum upto 9.3 tons/ha/crop of P. indicus and upto 5.5 tons/ha/crop
of P. monodon. His experiments in culturing Seabass with Tilapia
as forage fish, polyculturing of Milkfish with Shrimp, Shrimp
culture without water exchange etc. are exemplary and noteworthy
innovative contributions. He is presently working as a Co-investigator
of a project funded by the Department of Biotechnology (Govt.
of India). He participated in a large number of Seminars/Training
Programmes/Study tours/Workshops in India and represented the
fish farming community of the country abroad on several occasions.
Amit Kumar Tarad: Another of the Best Fish Farmer Awards of
CIFE for the year 2005 was conferred upon Amit Kumar Tarad in
recognition of his contribution in Aquaculture in Rajasthan
State. He took up Aquaculture in Distt. Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
in the year 2002 under guidance from CIFE. Tarad established
a small fish farm of 0.5 ha. He is a leading aquaculturist in
the region having 4.75 ha of waterspread area. Although very
young, Mr. Tarad is a diligent and enthusiastic farmer who has
been able to motivate local farmers. With his effort several
local farmers and unemployed youths have adopted aquaculture
in the district and in surrounding regions.
Kamlesh Gupta: Another of the Best Fish Farmer Awards of CIFE
for the year 2005 was conferred upon Mr. Kamlesh Gupta in recognition
of his contribution to Aquaculture on west coast of India. He
graduated in Business Management from Temple University, Philadelphia,
USA and presently he is the Chairman of Aqua Alliance. He established
the first shrimp hatchery in Gujarat, and it is the first hatchery
in the west coast to instal a PCR testing facility. His is also
the first shrimp farm with long arm aerators installed in it
and he commands 70% market share in trading shrimp feed and
its supplements in Gujarat and Maharashtra. He is the recipient
of many awards one of which is the Award for contribution towards
development of aquaculture in Gujarat State.
Ashis Kumar Sarkar: Another one out of the Best Fish Farmer
Awardees of CIFE for the year 2005, Ashis Kumar Sarkar received
it in recognition of his contribution to Aquaculture in West
Bengal, India. Basically a commerce graduate, Sarkar took up
Aquaculture at Sarkar Matshya Prakalpa, Dist. Uttar Dinajpur,
P.O. Hemtabad, West Bengal. He established the Sarkar Matshya
Prakalpa Farm and promoted its steady growth. He prompted breeding
and survival of endangered species, viz., Kalbasu, Ompak pabda,
Puntius sarana, Mahaseer, etc. The water recycling technology
developed by him has recently been successfully introduced in
the farm with a view to protecting the underground water table.
He underwent several training programmes in the Field of Fisheries,
Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Horticulture etc., conducted by ICAR
Institutes and the State Fisheries Department. He has developed
a well laid botanical garden, a place of learning for all class
of people and students.
Balusu Suryanarayana Murthy: One out of the seven Best Fish
Farmer Awards of CIFE for the year 2005 was conferred upon Balusu
Suryanarayana Murthy in recognition of his contribution to management
of hatcheries on East coast of India. He established 40 million
capacity shrimp hatchery M/s. Bala Tripura Sundari Aqua Products
Pvt. Ltd., at Kakinada, A.P. during the year 1995 and gradually
increased its capacity to 100 million nos. He produces good
quality tiger shrimp seed, processes various probiotics, bioproducts,
etc. Murthy’s experiments on Ozone application for treatment
of water on commercial scale are exemplary. He demonstrates
various technologies regularly to college students and entrepreneurs.
He has provided excellent facilities to students of CIFE and
the North-eastern fisheries students for hands-on-training programmes
at his hatchery which is a model of its own kind for its utility
in hatchery management.
Dipak Roy: One among the Best Fish Farmer Awardees of CIFE for
the year 2005, the Award was conferred upon Dipak Roy in recognition
of his contribution to Aquaculture in West Bengal, India. Roy
has an experience of 20 years in the field of induced breeding
and 15 years in captive breeding of endangered fishes like Notopterus
chitala, Nandus nandus, Pungasius pungasius, etc. His experiments
on breeding and culture of diverse fish species to maintain
natural equilibrium and biodiversity are exemplary. He was earlier
awarded the Best Farmer Award from ICAR, Malda Sanmilone and
CIFRI. He attended a large number of Seminars/Trainings/Study
tours/Workshops in India organised by ICAR Institutes and the
state fisheries department.
Manoj Sharma: CIFE conferred one of its Best Fish Farmer Awards
for the year 2005 upon Manoj Sharma in recognition of his contribution
to Aquaculture in Gujarat, especially for shrimp farming in
Surat district. He is the first Consultant to be recognized
by MPEDA in the Western region. He is an alumni of CIFE, and
he was instrumental in setting up of scientific brackishwater
shrimp farming practices in Surat and adjoining areas. He is
the recipient of many awards including Dr. Hiralal Chaudhuri
Fisheries Foundation Best Farmer Award, for Aquaculture Development
in Gujarat, etc.