Ludhiana 04 March 2021 : The meeting of Innovative Fish Farmers Association (IFFA), Punjab was held at College of Fisheries, GADVASU, Ludhiana, in which fish farmers from different districts of the State discussed their queries related to fish culture. With the advent of summer season, new production ponds needs to be prepared for stocking of fish and already running ponds need special care in terms of management practices, so that fish can withstand the transition phase of winter to summer. The important tips in this regard were given by Dr GrishmaTewari, particularly regarding water quality and feeding management, so that the farmers can protect their fish from various diseases especially parasitic infestations, the chances of which get enhanced to greater extent with increasing temperature. Dr.VaneetInderKaur, Co-ordinator of IFFA, aware the famers about the different schemes under “PradhanMantriMatysaSampdaYojna (PMMSY)”, recently launched by Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, New Delhi with an estimated investment of Rs. 20,050 Crores for the development of Fisheries in the country in a holistic manner. She gave them detailed information and motivated them to take full advantage of beneficiary oriented activities under PMMSY. Dr AbhishekSrivastava and Dr Prabjeet Singh also interacted with the farmers and addressed their queries with respect to plankton productivity, balanced feeding strategies and health management of fish during the summers.
Dr.Meera D. Ansal, Dean, College of Fisheries advised the farmers to remain connected with the university experts for updating their technical knowledge and skills, so as to take maximum profit from fish farming. She told that such kind of meetings provide common platform, where not only queries of farmers are addressed, but their feedback is also recorded, so that the university scientists can take up need based region specific research to strengthen the technological support to the farmers of the state.