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Aquaculture's Solution to Poverty

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
19 January 2009, at 12:00am

INDIA - Aquaculture has proved to be a effective weapon in removing poverty and malnutrition in India, observed Dr AE Eknath, director of Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (Cifa).

Addressing participants of a Scientists-Managers interface which included 22 district development managers of Nabard, Dr Eknath urged upon the managers of Nabard to be agents of change and improve the life of millions living in rural areas, reported The Statesman.

According to The Statesman, Mr MK Mudgal, GM, Nabard said: "The district development managers enjoy lot of credibility in rural areas and through them innovative technologies will find immediate acceptance by the users. Besides facilitating faster technology adoption by farmers and entrepreneurs they will also help generate greater demand for institutional credit."

"Profitability and not productivity is now important. A farmer today asks how much will be the return per unit area be it from agriculture or fisheries. Composite carp culture, prawn farming, fish seed production and ornamental fish farming are becoming popular and would pave the way for faster socio-economic development," he added.

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