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Swami Shivapurnanandaji Maharaj, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Naredrapur was the Chief Guest. Dr. G.H. Pailan (OIC), scientists and staff from ICAR institutes, KVK and the Fisheries Dept. along with 40 farmers participated in the event. Inaugurating the event and the workshop Swamiji emphasized on the skill and knowledge-based farming to enhance the fish productivity by small and marginal farmers. He urged the farmers to prosper through a community based development by adoption of scientific methods. Importance of integrated farming systems for livelihood improvement, fusion of traditional knowledge with modern technologies, adoption of improved methods of water recycling and harvesting were emphasized by experts. An open-house saw a spirited discussion, experience sharing and exchange of advisories among farmers and experts leading to better understanding on utilizable know-how on enhancing productivity in aquaculture. Five progressive farmers and aquapreneurs were felicitated who shared their stories of hard earned success. Two leaflets on Fish Pickle Preparation, and Calendar of Fish Diseases & Management were released on this occasion. An exhibition and a plantation program were organized in the institute campus for the benefit of farmers. Dr. G. Biswas, Senior Scientist coordinated the program.

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