GADVASU conducted fish farming training which included a comprehensive set of practices for fish farming, including site selection, pond construction, pre-stocking, stocking, post-stocking management and harvesting .
The College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized a 5-day training program on “Fish Farming” attended by participants from different districts of Punjab.
Dr. Vaneet Inder Kaur, course director of the training program, highlighted the potential resources, opportunities and scope of fish farming in the state and informed that the training program is designed to instill entrepreneurial aptitude in aspiring actors to engage in “fish farming”. as a promising business enterprise for the creation of livelihoods and jobs.
During the training, in-depth knowledge on different aspects of fish farming was imparted through theoretical and practical sessions. Dr. Abhishek Srivastava and Dr. Grishma Tewari coordinated all technical sessions regarding the complete set of practices for fish farming including site selection, pond construction, pre-stocking, stocking, post-stocking management and harvesting, with particular emphasis on feed formulation and feeding strategies, water quality and health management, biosecurity, marketing and processing/value addition.
The trainees were also briefed on upcoming intensive aquaculture technologies such as aquaponics, RAS and Biofloc technology. A special session was also organized on the importance of communication skills to become a successful entrepreneur.
A visit to the fish market was also organized to familiarize the trainees with the various marketing channels in force. An interactive session with a progressive fish farmer, Sh. Jasvir Singh Aujla, Karodian Village (Ludhiana) was also arranged in his fish farm to motivate budding entrepreneurs with real-time experience. Information regarding GADVASU utilities and various state/central governments. Start-up aquaculture promotion programs including Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) were also shared with the trainees.
Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Dean of the College of Fisheries, said the university plays a vital role in building the capacity of the farming community and entrepreneurs to embrace fish farming in a more scientific way for long-term sustainability and increased profitability.
Dr. Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension Education, GADVASU informed that the university is devoted to technology transfer and capacity building of farmers and stakeholders for the overall development of the livestock sector and fisheries, with a particular focus on developing entrepreneurship among youth, women and the farming community to promote self-employment, leading towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
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