Around 500 delegates participated in a national seminar on priorities in fisheries and aquaculture held recently at the College of Fisheries, OUAT at Rangeilunda in Berhampur.
The delegates included nationally acclaimed fisheries scientists who delivered lead lectures in the two-days seminar, which was inaugurated by Fisheries and Animal Resources Development (FARD) Secretary Bishnupada Sethi.
A total of 230 papers were presented in four parallel technical sessions and an exhibition showcased various fisheries and aquaculture products and technologies of fisheries institutes, NFDB, state fisheries departments, other organizations and industries.
On the occasion, souvenir, book of abstracts, technical bulletins namely Phytoplankton of River Mahanadi in Odisha, India: A Pictorial Guide, Fishes of River Mahanadi of Odisha, India: A Field Guide, Hindi Magazine Nilanjali and OFCAAR alumni profile book were released by Chief Guest Mr.Sethi.
FARD Secretary Mr.Sethi on Wednesday inaugurated another workshop on increasing productivity in backyard poultry held in the conference hall of Society for Management of Information, Learning and Extension (SMILE) in Bhubaneswar.
The workshop was jointly organised by GALVmed and SMILE, Bhubaneswar.
Mr.Sethi expressed his happiness about the collaboration with GALVmed and SMILE in organising the workshop.
He viewed that the rich experience of GALVmed in working with different areas in various countries would be helpful to the State for backyard sector poultry development.
Odisha is a pioneering State to notify the Poultry Policy one year back, where thrust has been given for backyard poultry development.
Backyard poultry is crucial for economy of poor tribal and from bio-diversity point of view.
The ARD department has 52 functional poultry hatcheries and around three hatcheries will be dedicated to produce indigenous chicks by collecting hatching eggs from the doorstep of farmers.
Odisha has a good repository of native poultry breeds.Survey and characterization of these native breeds should be taken up for recognition, Mr.Sethi said.