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The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) is the 9th best premier research institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Over the years, this institute has spread its wings from a humble beginning as a Freshwater Aquaculture Research and Training Centre (FARTC) to the present day ICAR-CIFA, an institute of national importance and eminence in the freshwater aquaculture. This institute has immensely contributed nationally and internationally, with the advent of genetically improved rohu and catla, GI-scampi, new and innovative technologies for the culture of a diversified fish species, feed formulations for various freshwater fish species, disease diagnostics and therapeutics, cutting edge research and training for enhancing the skills of farmers and several other stake holders. We envisage to enhance the farmer’s income through the development of eco-friendly technologies and economically viable fish and shellfish production systems, and also to make the Indian freshwater aquaculture as globally competitive for the livelihood and nutritional security. With it’s four regional research centres (RRCs) at Rahara, West Bengal; Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh; Bengaluru, Karnataka, and Bathinda, Punjab, this institute caters the local and regional needs of the farmers and entrepreneurs. In the present context of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, enrichment of knowledge, enhancement of skills and empowerment of human resources are very critical, and for that ICAR-CIFA has signed MoUs with several research institutes and Universities. We have several cutting-edge research laboratories, huge farm facilities, highly qualified and experienced scientists, technical officers, administrative, financial and supporting staff. We are dedicated to help and support our stake holders, and we are prompt to respond to their queries. The Institute is also the Lead Centre on ‘Carp Farming in India’ under the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA) operative under Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nation (FAO).

Institute Training Programmes
Training courses in different themes of freshwater aquaculture are conducted throughout the year by the ICAR-CIFA as part of the extension activities. These training courses are designed and offered to the state fisheries department officials, extension personnel, students, farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders who are involved in freshwater aquaculture.

How to Apply?
The interested candidates may submit their applications through our online portal based on their interest and eligibility. Only Indian citizens are eligible to attend the trainings.


*Click the following link for training calendar 2023-2024

Note: Foreigners, NRIs, OIC card holders desire of attending any training programme may take prior permission from-The Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR).
Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi 110 001.

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