Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary (DARE) & Secretary, ICAR Visited ICAR-CIBA, Chennai on 1st September, 2018

Shri.Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary, DARE, Govt. of India & Secretary, ICAR visited ICAR-CIBA, Chennai on 1st September, 2018 and reviewed on-going research and development programmes of the institute. Secretary, ICAR visited Muttukadu Experimental Station (MES) of CIBA and had a personal exposure to the field oriented research activities such as fin fish and shell fish hatcheries, fish nursery and farm facilities, feed mill and field laboratories. During the occasion, he has handed over the CIBA produced finfish seeds to the fish farmers who have come to procure seeds. He also visited the laboratories at the headquarters and had an interaction with the scientists and staff of CIBA. Earlier, Dr.K.K.Vijayan, Director, CIBA welcomed the secretary and highlighted the significance of brackishwater aquaculture sector in terms of its uniqueness as food producing sector, contribution for societal development, seafood exports, more than doubling the income of farmers, skill development and blue economy. The secretary advised the scientists to develop cost effective DESI technologies to produce fishes which are affordable to common man. The secretary recorded his appreciation to CIBA for having its research and capacity development programmes in tune with the brackishwater aquaculture sector of the country and developing cost effective technologies suiting to our farming systems. While appreciating the genomic research being carried out at CIBA and he urged the scientists to complete the task of full genome sequence of Indian white shrimp at the earliest, if done the first in the world. He informed the scientists and staff about various policy initiatives being taken up in the Council to bring in more transparency and efficiency in the system. The secretary released CIBA technology publication on “PolyPlus a cost effective feed for brackishwater polyculture” and distributed certificates to trainees who have undergone a hands-on training on “Aquaculture Genomics and Bio-informatics” held during 27 August to 1st September, 2018 at CIBA

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