13 January, 2021, West Bengal: The ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Bhubaneswar, Odisha and Sasya Shyamala Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Sonarpur, Kolkata inaugurated the two Farm Schools – Aquaculture Farmer Field School (AFFS) and Livestock Farmer Field School (LFFS) in Sonarpur Block, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal today.
Dr. Saroj Kumar Swain, Director, ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha urged farmers’ cooperation to get connected with the ICAR-CIFA and SSKVK for their fisheries and other farming activities. He highlighted the popularity of AFFS piloted by the Institute in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Dr. Swain stressed that the two field schools will contribute greatly to the extension and advisory services delivery.
Dr. S.K. Roy, Director, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone – V, Kolkata applauded both the efforts of both the organizations in helping the farmers to adopt the scientific integrated farming system. He also emphasized on innovations in extension and training.
Shri Sagar Mehera, Joint Secretary, Government of India and Swami Shri Shivapurananda, Vice-Chairman, SSKVK, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Kolkata were also present during the occasion.
Dr. Tara Sankar Pan, Deputy Director, ARD, Government of West Bengal assured of help in promoting the scientific livestock farming.
The joint efforts of Dr. B.N. Paul, Co-ordinator, Scheduled Caste Sub Plan Scheme and Dr. N.C. Sahu, Head, Sasya Shyamala Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kolkata led to the execution of establishing the AFFS and LFFS for empowering over 5,000 farmers in 20 nearby villages in adopting aquaculture and animal husbandry technologies.