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A training course on fisheries technologies and opportunities in Uttarakhand has begun at Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ICAR-IISWC), Dehradun on 5 th Feb. 2024. The program is scheduled during 5 th to 9 th Feb. 2024 and sponsored by the Directorate of Uttarakhand State Fisheries Department, Dehradun.

Dr M Madhu, Director, ICAR-IISWC in his inaugural address requested the farmer trainees to take part actively in the training activities and interact with the resource persons productively to get maximum benefit out of the training program.

Dr M Muruganandam, Principal Scientist and Head (PME &KM) Unit, ICAR-IISWC, the coordinator the course welcoming the participants presented the details of the course content and training engagements planned during the five-day training schedule. At the beginning of the course he introduced the association and importance of fisheries resources and production in tandem with other farming sectors for rural livelihoods and food production systems, to the participants.

Dr Charan Singh, Head, HRD& SS Division spoke on the role and association of forests with water resources for farming and food production in hills. Dr PR Ojasvi, Principal Scientist (SWC Engg) spoke on the small-scale water harvesting systems suitable for hills and marginal farmers. Dr Rama Pal, Sr Scientist (Environmental Science), IISWC introduced various water quality issues and their management. Sh Rakesh Kumar, CTO discussed fish farming techniques with the farmers trainees.

During the program the farmers will be exposed to different technologies, field models and systems of farming especially of fish farming, soil health management and resource conservation. Advanced technologies and unique opportunities existing in Uttarakhand including the use of drones, farming in bio-floc systems, trout farming and various integrated and recirculatory farming systems will be introduced and discussed. The fisheries facilities, input supply and supports schemes for farmers available with Uttarakhand State Fisheries Department will be presented by the Officials of the Department. Er SS Shrimali. Sr Scientist, Dr M Sankar, Dr Sadikul Islam, Scientist, Sh Suresh Kumar, CTO, and Er Amit Chauhan, ACTO, IISWC and Sh Anil Kumar, Deputy Director, State Fisheries Department are conducting few field programs.

A total 50 farmer trainees from different districts of Uttarakhand, especially from Chamoli, Bageswar and Dehradun are participating in the training program. This program is the first in a series of three batches being planned in this year with the sponsorship of Uttarakhand State Fisheries Department, Dehradun. This program is being organized under the provision of the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) scheme of the Department.

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