Fish farmers trained in model aquaculture systems

NEW CHANGLANG, Feb 28: Twenty fish farmers belonging to local NGO Ngarem participated in a training programme on ‘model aquaculture systems’ organized here in Changlang district from 26-28 February.
The programme was organized jointly by the district fisheries department and Nagaon (Assam)-based Assam Agricultural University’s College of Fisheries (CoF) under the project titled ‘Assessment of environmental health and ichthyofaunal biodiversity of Tirap and Tissa rivers of Arunachal Pradesh and promotion of fish centric supplementary livelihood options through a participatory approach’, sponsored by the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS).
District Fisheries Development Officer Mihin Tapin urged the participants to make the best use of the training programme, and released a training manual on model aquaculture systems.
The training included theoretical and practical sessions on different aspects of aquaculture systems, such as composite fish culture for hilly regions; cultural aspects of different coldwater fish species; supplementary feeding, cure and prevention of fish disease, and types of integrated fish farming.
CoF assistant professor, Dr Rajdeep Dutta, trained the farmers on the primary aspects of composite fish culture for hilly regions, water quality management, and supplementary feeding, while Changlang Fishery Officer Dusu Nobin explained the different aspects of fish seed production and transportation in Arunachal.
NMHS research fellow, Hemanta Pokhrel, presented an overview on cure and prevention of fish disease, while another NMHS research fellow, Raktim Sarmah, spoke on different types of integrated fish farming systems.
The three-day programme concluded with an interactive session between the farmers and the resource persons.