The Tamil Nadu Fisheries University Foundation Day was celebrated on 19.06.2017 in the centres functioning under the Directorate of Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Thanjavur. The details of events conducted in Thanjavur Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Krishnagiri Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Ramanthapuram Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture and Erode Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture are given below.
THANJAVUR CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE, Soorakottai.
A training programme on “Advanced Fish Culture Technology” was conducted. Trainees (28 Nos.) were from Trichy, Thiruvarur, Thiruvannamalai, Nagapattinam, Ariyalur and Thanjavur districts. The programme was inaugurated by Dr.J.Stephen Sampath Kumar, Director, Directorate of Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Thanjavur. In the inaugural address the farmers were briefed about the activities of the Directorate through TCeSA. Dr.C.Judith Betsy, Assistant Professor, KKCeSA talked about the “Advanced Techniques for Quality Seed Production”. Ms.T.Gowsalya, Teaching Assistant, TCeSA, briefed about the “Advanced Carp Seed Rearing Techniques”. Dr.S.Anand, Assistant Professor and Head (i/c), ECeSA gave a talk on “Advanced features of Ornamental Fish Culture Technology”. Dr.V.Senthilkumar, Assistant Professor and Head (i/c), TCeSA gave an elaborate talk on the “Economic Importance of Advanced Freshwater Fish Culture Techniques”. Meenvalsudar subscription message was displayed in the training place and two on spot annual memberships were registered. TNFU training manuals were sold for an amount of Rs.1480/-.
Ramanathapuram Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Seeniappa Dargha
Clusters involved in ornamental fish farming and residing in the nearby fishing villages participated in the event. Dr.C.Anand, Assistant Professor and Head (i/c) welcomed the gathering and narrated the history of the University, its activities, mandates and the research focus. Folders containing information about the University and its constituent units were distributed to the participants.
An interactive session was held with the participants to find-out the hardships involved in ornamental fish farming. Availability of marine finfish breeders, technological know-how related to ornamental fish rearing and marketing were cited as hardships in rearing ornamental fishes. The participants further urged for frequent field visits by teaching experts of the University to sort-out field related problems. Further, they cited that the higher costs involved in sourcing of marine ornamental fish breeders deterred them to have less of marine fish breeders. Also, new avenues in mariculture like grow-out of lobsters, fattening of lobsters was also presented to the ornamental fish rearing clusters. An experienced Lobster farmer, Mr.Nagadass, was asked to share his experiences in lobster farming during the occasion. He highlighted the scope of the venture and the day-to-day maintenance activities involved in Lobster farming. The participants were much impressed about Lobster farming as an alternative activity in mariculture. Totally 18 participants attended the programme.
Krishnagiri Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture
Fish harvest was commenced and the sale of fish was initiated. A total of 27 ½ Kgs of Red Tilapia / Carp was sold. In the harvest mala total of 25 member including entrepreneurs, farmers and officials participated. The beneficiaries expressed their happiness on receiving fresh fish at a nominal rate. The public was also created awareness on the benefits of tilapia consumption.
Pamphlets titled “kdpj cly; eyj;jpy; jpNyg;gpahtpd; gq;F” was distributed among the public for promoting the consumption of tilapia among the public. On Farm trial on the culture of carp/tilapia was initiated in a farmers field and carp fingerlings were supplied.
Erode Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Bhavanisagar
Awareness creation brochure on Tamil Nadu Fisheries University activities were distributed by the State Fisheries Department officials and local schools