In collaboration with the National Association of Fishermen (NAF), Manipur State Unit, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin conducted two training programmes from 29 May to 01 June, 2014. The first training programme was conducted at Thanga fishing village, Bishnupur district during 29–30 May, 2014 in the subjects of Responsible fishing and production of value added products. Shri H. Kangjamba Singh, President, NAF, Manipur State unit welcomed the gathering. Dr. S. Balasubramaniam, HOD, EIS Division, CIFT, Cochin explained about the technology transfer programmes of CIFT and specifically about the importance of responsible fishing techniques for protection of fishery resources in the Loktak lake, so as to ensure sustainable fishing. The unemployed fisherwomen members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ NGO were motivated to start a fish processing unit for the production of value added fishery products such as fish pickles, fish cutlets, fish balls and salted dry fish products. Shri Umananda Singh, Fishery Officer (Extension), Directorate of Fisheries, Imphal was the Chief Guest. About 40 fisherfolk participated in the training programme. The responsible fishing techniques and the fabrication of improved gillnets were explained by Dr. M.S. Kumar, Chief Technical Officer, Vishakhapatinam Research Centre of CIFT. The second training programme on Production of value added fishery products was conducted by Kum. Jesmi Debbarma, Scientist and Shri B.K. Panda, Technical Officer, VisakhapatnamCentre of CIFTat the Community Hall of Tokpaching and SarikKonjin Fishing village, Thoubal District during 31 May - 1 June, 2014. Shri H. KangjambaSingh, President, NAF, Manipur State Unit, Dr. S. Balasubramaniam, HOD, EIS Division, CIFT, Cochin and Shri Umananda Singh, Fishery Officer (Extension), Directorate of Fisheries, Imphal addressed the audience. About 40 fisherfolk participated in the training programme. Input materials were also distributed on the occasion.
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