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Crap Breeding In 1957!

Bhubaneswar: Speakers at National Fish Farmer’s Day Celebrations remembered Odisha’s contribution, where breeding of major craps was done way back in 1957!

National Fish Farmers’ Day is celebrated on 10 July every year to demonstrate solidarity with all fisher folk, fish farmers and concerned stakeholders throughout the country. 

Every year, this annual event is celebrated to commemorate Professor Dr. Hiralal Chaudhury and his colleague Dr. Alikunhi for their contribution in achieving the successful induced breeding of major carps on 10 July,1957 at Angul in Odisha.

This was done for the first time in the country through administration of carp pituitary hormone extract in the breeding of major carps.

The technology was later on standardized and fine-tuned by developing synthetic hormone for quality seed production across the country.

This pioneering work of induced breeding over the years has transformed the growth of aquaculture sector from traditional to intensive aquaculture practices and led to success of modern aquaculture industry.

 National Fisheries Development Board, Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, celebrated the 22ndNational Fish Farmers Day today in a hybrid mode at NFDB Hyderabad. The program was graced virtually by Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Dr. L. Murugan, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary Department of Fisheries launched the NFDB Lab project on “Assessment of pathogenic microorganisms along with nutrient and residual contaminant profiling in fish and aqua Feeds”.

Sagar Mehra, Joint Secretary (Inland Fisheries) highlighted that there is a steady increase in share of fisheries in the country’s Gross domestic Product (GDP). 

About 2.8 crore people are dependent on fisheries in the country. During the program, the dignitaries interacted with progressive fish farmers under PMMSY scheme.

Fish farmers availing quality seed from NFFBB gave feedback on growth performance of improved seed varieties. North East fish farmers shared their prospects in fisheries sector.

Nearly 30 States and Union Territories participated virtually in groups with more than 500 participants.