BY TC News Desk
Agartala, December 20, 2023: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Tripura Regional Office, Agartala, India, and the College of Fisheries (COF), Lembucherra Tripura under the aegis of Central Agricultural University (Imphal) successfully launch two projects on “Development of fish-based Integrated Farming Models (IFS) for optimum resource utilization and enhanced farmers’ income” and “Fish Processing wastes for By-products Development- A venture for sustainable livelihood and capacity building in Tripura” at Satdubia Gram Panchayat, under Mohanpur Subdivision, West Tripura on Wednesday.
The project team for the first project comprises of Dr. Pradyut Biswas, Principal Investigator (PI), Prof. R. K. Saha, Dr. A. D. Upadhyay, and Dr. Amitava Ghosh as Co-PIs, and for the second project, Dr. N. K. Mehta, as PI and Dr. A. D. Upadhyay & Dr. B. Priyadarshini as Co-PIs. Loken Das, General Manager, NABARD was the Chief Guest of the programme. Prof. T. K. Maity, Principal, College of Agriculture, and Swapan Kumar Ghosh, Member, Panchayat Samiti graced the programme as a Guests of Honour. Joylal Das was the special invitee to the programme.
As Satdubia is the adopted village of the College of Fisheries, the projects aim to ensure a holistic development of the village through Fish-based Integrated Farming Systems and Fish Waste Management, and fishery by-products development.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Ratan Kumar Saha, Dean of the College highlighted the goals and objectives of the projects and the college’s stake in implementation. In his speech, Shri Loken Das, General Manager, NABARD, stressed the need to popularize the Fish Waste Management in Tripura and also made a special note of a healthy working arena between COF and NABAD, which would expedite the targeted achievements of these projects.
The programme was attended by more than 200 farmers, faculty, and students and some of the selected farmers were provided with fish feed, seeds, and other inputs as technology products of CoF. Dr. A.D. Upadhyay proposed the vote of thanks at the end.