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ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIBA) conducted an on-farm training and interaction meeting at Kottaikkadu coastal village in Cheyyur Taluk of Chengalpattu district, Tamil Nadu on July 02, 2024, as part of the livelihood development initiatives under the Scheduled Caste Sub-plan. About 70 participants from the villages of Kottaikadu and Kolathur, participated in the training.

During the programme Dr. Kuldeep Lal Kumar, Director, CIBA handed over a cheque for Rs. 6.7 lakhs the income earned by the fisher Self-Help Groups through the sale of fish fingerlings ad fishes reared in seabass nursery and cages with the technological support of ICAR-CIBA during 2023-2024. In his presidential remarks he stressed the importance of skill development, advanced grading techniques to improve survival rate, regular and continuous production supply of fingerlings for cage culture.

An extension publication on “Improved nursery rearing practice for fingerling production of Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer) was released. Additionally, participants were provided 6000 seabass fry for next cycle of nursery rearing along with safety kits. The participants gave their feedback and highlighted their livelihood enhancement through SCSP program of ICAR-CIBA.

Dr.R.Geetha, Senior Scientist & PI of the SCSP project at Kottaikkadu welcomed the gathering and apprised about the interventions undertaken and achievements of the project. Dr. M. Kailasam, Principal Scientist & Head, FCD explained the details of technical aspects. Dr.R.Jayakumar, Principal Scientist, Fish Culture Division conducted Hands on training on mechanical graders. Dr. P. Mahalakshmi, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer, SCSP underlined the main objective of the corpus fund. In the concluding session, Dr.D.Deboral Vimala, Principal Scientist, SSD encouraged the fisher folk to utilize the advantage of improved technologies developed by the ICAR-CIBA and proposed vote of thanks.