A five-day training programme on fish farming concluded at college of fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Monday. As many as 18 trainees participated in this training programme, majority of which were willing to start fish farming to supplement their existing agricultural and livestock farming activities.
The participants were made aware of various technical aspects involved in the construction, preparation, stocking and management of fish ponds through demonstration and hands on training.
Course co-ordinator Meera D Ansal, scientist (fisheries), said, "Practical training in water quality testing, fish feed formulations and strategies, induced breeding and seed production of fishes, like carps, catfishes and ornamental fishes, packaging and transport of fish seed, integrated fish-cum-duck farming, Azolla culture and processing of fish for preparation of value-added products was provided to the participants through adopting the novel concept of learning while doing."
Besides, making farmers aware of the present status and potential of fish farming in the state, important issues related to marketing and availability as well as quality of seed and feed were also discussed. Special reference to their role in productivity and profitability in fish farming was also highlighted. Abhishek Srivastava, assistant professor (fisheries) and PK Parida, assistant professor (fisheries), were respective technical co-ordinators for conducting the morning and evening sessions of the training programme.
A special lecture on various extension activities and utility facilities provided by GADVASU was also delivered to the trainees by HK Verma.
In the valedictory function, SNS Randhawa, director, research and extension education, GADVASU, addressed the participants and urged them to take up fish farming scientifically.