BARRACKPORE, Jul 10: Minister for Fisheries Gabriel D Wangsu made his maiden visit to the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) in Barrackpore, West Bengal, to gain firsthand information and familiarize himself with the institute’s activities, plans, and outreach programs.

During his visit, Wangsu held extensive discussions with CIFRI director Basanta Kumar Das on various topics related to fisheries and aquaculture.

CIFRI assured the minister of its full support in training for capacity building, enhancing production in open water resources, developing low-cost feed from locally available ingredients, and conducting exploratory surveys of fish biodiversity in the state's rivers and streams. The institute also expressed eagerness to collaborate on knowledge and technology partnerships for reservoir and wetland management, application of drone technology in aquaculture practices, and water analysis for physico-chemical parameters.

Wangsu participated in the National Fish Farmers Day celebration at CIFRI, attended by West Bengal's Fisheries Minister Biplab Roychowdhury, CIFRI scientists and staff, and fish farmers from the state. He was received by the institute’s community.

Addressing the gathering, Wangsu emphasized the importance of fisheries in the agriculture and allied sectors, stating that maximizing the potential of fisheries development can significantly contribute to the nation's prosperity.

During his visit, Wangsu toured the institute's facilities, including laboratories and experimental units, and interacted with lead scientists to review various research activities and their benefits to farmers.

As part of the river ranching program for stock enhancement and conservation, Wangsu released approximately 100,000 fish fingerlings of Indian Major Carps into the Ganga River at Gandhi Ghat.