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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) and its regional centres, Kakdwip Regional Centre (KRC) and Navsari Gujarat Research Centre (NGRC) observed the World Environment Day on 5th June 2024 with the theme ‘Land restoration, desertification and drought resilience’. On this occasion, Dr.M.Kailasam, Head, Finfish Culture Division & Director (I/c) along with the staff participated in planting of fruit tree saplings at Government Higher Primary School, Kanathur Reddikuppam, Chennai to create awareness among the younger generation.

Dr. Debasis De, Head, KRC of ICAR-CIBA organised the tree plantation programme in the presence of esteemed guests Mr. Triloki Nath, Chief Manager, SBI, Kakdwip Branch, and Mr. Wasim Raza, Teacher and Quiz Master from Sonamukhi Janakalyan Vidyapith, Sarisha South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal.

Dr. Tandel Riteshkumar Shantilal, Scientist (SS) and staff at NGRC, CIBA planted saplings of ornamental and fruit trees at Matwad farm of NGRC. All the speakers shared their insightful thoughts on the significance of World Environment Day, emphasising the crucial role of tree planting in combating climate change and fostering environmental sustainability.

Dr.M.Muralidhar and Dr.R.Saraswathy, Principal Scientists, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai coordinated the overall tree plantation programme.