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ICAR-CIBA organized a farmers awareness programme on ‘homestead mixotrophic rearing system in brackishwaters’ at Chellam theru, Marakkanam, Chengalpattu District of Tamil Nadu on 26.09.2022 under the SCSP scheme. About 55 scheduled caste women participated in the awareness programme. Dr. P.S. Shyne Anand, Senior Scientist, Crustacean Culture Division and programme coordinator briefed the gathering about the principles behind the scientific shrimp farming and importance of brackishwater homestead farming. She emphasized that homestead farming models remain highly valid for culturing shrimp or fishes in inland areas or areas where the coastal water bodies are polluted or proximity to water resources are remote. Dr. T. Bhuvaneswari, Senior Scientist, Nodal Officer SCSP scheme, briefed the importance of social empowerment and encouraged the women group to actively participate in the scheme activities. Dr. B. Sivamani, Senior Scientist and Shri. R. Aravind, Scientist spoke on the importance of SPF shrimp seed quality in shrimp farming and water quality management in successful shrimp farming and demonstrated the water quality estimation techniques to farming communities. Shri.  D. Rajamanickam, ACTO, CCD assisted in organizing the awareness programme.