Ludhiana-13-September, 2017-College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) conducted 5-days training on 'Fish farming'. Fifteen participants, including farmers, students and woman enthusiasts from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, attended the training and were interested to take up fish farming for diversification, and self-employment. Participants already into fish framing were also keen to learn the best management practices for adopting technical skills required for managing their fish ponds in a more scientific manner for higher yield and profit.

Course Coordinator, Dr. Meera D. Ansal, Senior Scientist cum HoD of Aquaculture revealed that complete technical knowhow with respect to carp culture, pangas catfish culture, shrimp farming, integrated fish farming and ornamental fish culture was provided to the participants. Technical coordinators Dr. Vaneet Inder Kaur and Dr. Abhed Pandey told that practical demonstrations were arranged for imparting hands on training for skill development in stocking, manuring, water quality management, feed formulation, feed manufacturing, feeding methods, aeration, stock assessment, health management, harvesting and processing/value addition in fish. Special lectures on State Government schemes regarding financial assistance for fish farming, role of mass media in technology transfer and livestock training programs organized by GADVASU were also delivered for creating awareness and insight into available utility services for the farming community in general and fish farmers in particular. Visit to modern indoor fish market in Ludhiana was organized so that the trainees could understand the existing marketing setup, with special reference to marketing channels and facilities in the State.

Dr. H.K. Verma, Director of Extension informed that Directorate is doing a lot of work to train up the farmers in different fields i.e. Dairy Farming, Goat Farming, Pig Farming and Fish Farming. He said that any interested person may register his/her name in the department of Veterinary Animal Husbandry Extension for future training.

Dr. Asha Dhawan, Dean, College of Fisheries, GADVASU informed that the fish farming is the only system, which can be easily integrated with agriculture as well as livestock farming systems and can enhance income of the farming community, besides solving many environmental pollution issues. Technical literature was distributed to the trainees for future reference and feedback was also recorded for analyzing gaps for improving the existing training program delivery system.