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BEHRAMPUR: For boosting productivity of the fish farmers around Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Project, a capacity building programme on ‘Sustainable Freshwater Aquaculture’ is being organised by the steel major at Regional Institute for Training on Extension, Rangeilunda under Chattrapur block of Ganjam district in Odisha.
This training programme, organised in coordination with Tata Steel Rural Develeopment Society (TSRDS) and College of Fisheries (OUAT), Rangeilunda will be conducted in three phases.
Each phase will be of 5 days duration benefitting more than 100 farmers from around 20 periphery villages. The programme includes modules on valuable information on best practices for Fresh Water Aquaculture, Packaging and Transportation of Fish and Fish Seed.
Apart from classroom teaching, the participants will be taken in exposure visits to two commercial aquaculture farms in Chattrapur and Purushottampur blocks to see how successful farmers using the latest technology and expert knowledge to gain maximum profit.
Appreciating Tata Steel’s endeavours for income enhancing activities through such properly articulated livelihood options, Mr. Damodar Sathpathy, Director, College of Fisheries, Rangeilunda who was present during the inaugural session of the training on Wednesday, appealed to the farmers to make the best use of this programme and implement it.
Reiterating about Tata Steel’s commitment towards socio-economic development of the region, Mr. Sushanta Mishra, Chief, Project Gopalpur & SEZ, Tata Steel said that Tata Steel will always support the people of the area in various livelihood opportunities and organise similar programmes in future.
During the technical sessions important aspects like water treatment, right frequency and appropriate time for fish feeds and identifying symptoms of diseases with remedial course of action were elaborately deliberated upon along with answering queries raised during open discussion.
Among others present in the programme included Dr. Soumendra Nanda, Professor, Aquaculture, College of Fisheries; Mr. Bishnu Panigrahy, Asst. Fishery Officer, Purushottampur Block; Mr B Tulsi Kumar, Fishery Expert and Mr. Satya Nanda, Manager, TSRDS.