February 23, 2019
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Dr.M.S.Swaminathan, the doyen of Indian Agriculture has inaugurated the Brackishwater Aquaculture Farmers Conclave -2019 as part of the World Brackishwater Aquaculture Conference (Braqcon-2019) at ICAR-CIBA, Chennai on 22.01.2019

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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) in collaboration with Society of Coastal Aquaculture and Fisheries (SCAFi) has organized the Brackishwater Aquaculture Farmers Conclave – 2019 on 22 January, 2019 a Pan-Indian assembly of brackishwater aquaculture farmers in connection with the World Brackishwater Aquaculture Conference (Braqcon-2019) being organized during 23-25th January, 2019 at CIBA, Chennai. Dr.M.S. Swaminathan, the doyen of Indian agricultural research and education has inaugurated the Farmers Conclave in the presence of Thiru.D.Jayakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Dr. K. Gopal, IAS, Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Dr.B.Meenakumari, Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), Dr.J.K.Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Shri.N.Vasudevan, Additional Principal Conservator of Forest, Mangrove Foundation, Govt. of Maharashtra, Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA and Convener, Braqcon-2019. Dr. Swaminathan in his address highlighted the importance of fisheries in food and nutritional security, doubling the income of fish farmers and environment friendly qaquaculture. Thiru.D.Jayakumar, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Govt. of Tamil Nadu who is the Chief Guest of the programme released the diagnostic kits, publications, mobile app-CIBA Shrimpapp and inaugurated the Aquaculture Expo and Seafood court arranged in the CIBA campus. About 1200 participants including 950 aqua farmers representing all the coastal states, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan participated in the conclave. During the farmers’ conclave 30 innovative farmers from all the coastal states and Haryana presented their innovative approaches and success stories in brackishwater aquaculture during the technical session on farmer presentations.