13 November 2021, New Delhi: The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata provided a helping hand for the Cyclone-trodden Fishers of the Sagar Island, Sundarbans.
As a gesture of concern, the Institute organized a programme to distribute the essential inputs like fish seed, lime, feed and medicine to a large group of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe beneficiaries (350 numbers) of Sagar Island. The programme was organized at the two places – Jibontala (150 Beneficiaries) and Krishnanagar (200 Beneficiaries) covering the beneficiaries of 14 Villages and 5 Gram Panchayats of Gangasagar today
The fishers were provided with the inputs like 36 Tonnes of fish feed, around 100 Lakh fish seed and 350 Medicines (200 ml for fish.
Shri Bankim Hazra, Minister of Sundarbans Affairs & Development, Government of West Bengal marked his presence as the Chief Guest of the occasion.
In his address, Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Kolkata apprised the Minister about the Institute’s initiatives and strategy for the development and welfare of Gangasagar Fish Farmers. Dr. Das urged for doubling the farmers’ income by the scientific fish farming and proper utilization of inputs from the ICAR-CIFRI through the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan / STC Programme.
Smt. Namita Hazra, Panchayat Pradhan, Rudranagar, Sagar applauded the Institute’s efforts. She also urged the farmers for utilizing their resources and the Institute’s support for enhancing their income.
The programme was organized by the Swami Vivekananda Youth and Cultural Society, Sagar and the Staff Members of ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Kolkata.