ICAR-Directorate of cold water Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, conducted three days hands-on training on “Recirculating aquaculture system for intensive farming of cold water fish” from 1-3 August 2022. The training was attended by 17 trainee/participants, including farmers, entrepreneurs, aquaculture/fisheries start-ups, and marketing executes. The training resumed with the inaugural session, where Dr.Debajit Sarma (Principal Scientist)and Dr. Amit Pande (Principal Scientist) deliberated the importance of this training program, Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey (Director)stressed the role of advanced technologies such as RAS in enhancing fish production and productivity in hill states of the country, Dr. R.S. Patiyal (Principal Scientist) thanked the participants and gathering. The training was coordinated by Dr. Rajesh M and co-coordinated by Dr.Debajit Sarma, Dr. R. S. Patiyal and Dr. Biju Sam Kamalam.
The training program included the lecture and practical demonstration of all the aspects of RAS. Dr. Rajesh M. (Scientist) delivered the lecture on “Recirculating Aquaculture System: Concept, Design and Components, Water quality monitoring in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems: theory and estimation,Bio-planning, product quality management and techno-commercial feasibility of RAS” and practical demonstration of different RAS models of the Directorate. Mr. Anupam Pandey and Ms. Nahida Rashid (Research Scholar) conducted the practical demonstration of various water quality assays required for fish farming in RAS. Dr.Ritesh Shantilal Tandel(Scientist) delivered a lecture on “Disease management in RAS”, and Dr. Biju Sam Kamalam (Scientist) deliberated on the topic “Standard operating procedures and risk management in RAS”. A special lecture was also organised on the topic of “Feed management in RAS” by Prof. Sadasivam Kaushik, (Founder Director of Research, Laboratory of Nutrition, INRA, France and European Research Area Chair of ULPGC, Spain).Three days of training ended with the valedictory session, where the participant’s feedback was received, and the certificates were distributed to participants by Dr. Amit Pande (Principal Scientist), who presided the session.