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Bringing New Technology to Old Indian Tribes

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
10 February 2009, at 12:00am

INDIA - A series of five field days on freshwater aquaculture were recently held at Bhubaneswar to educate tribal communities on modern aquaculture techniques and technologies.

According to The Statesman, the city-based central institute of freshwater aquaculture (Cifa), in association with Orissa tribal empowerment and livelihoods programme (Otelp), Kandhamal and sahabhagi vikash aviyan (SVA), Kalahandi organised the events.

A total of 130 farmers covering 80 per cent ST and SC population from tribal dominated Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts participated in the programmes. Majority of the participants, about 58 per cent were women, Cifa sources said.

Speaking on the occasion, institute director Dr AE Eknath said that the farmers could get high value nutrition by resorting to aquaculture. “It is a tool to enhance income, employment and livelihood leading to alleviation of poverty. By combining agriculture with aquaculture farmers can get diversified products and decrease the risk of investment,” he said.

The aim of the programme was to expose the tribal farmers and farmwomen to new technologies in freshwater aquaculture and address their queries through interactions, he said.

The Statesman reported that Cifa scientists demonstrated in participatory mode various aquaculture technologies like pond preparation, analysis of pond water and sediment, nursery management, disease control, quality seed production, hatchery management, integrated fish farming, culture of carps, prawn, magur, murrels, koi and ornamental fishes, cage culture and feeding methods.

The farmers were motivated to adopt the technologies thought by the institute to gain additional income for their livelihood.

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