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Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi Interacts with Fish Farmers During Visit to ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow

Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, OSD, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, paid a visit to the ICAR - National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and met with fish farmers at the institute farms.

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Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi Visits ICAR-NBFGR at Lucknow; Interacts with Fish Farmers
Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi Visits ICAR-NBFGR at Lucknow; Interacts with Fish Farmers

The principal tasks of the ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) include the collecting, characterization, categorization, and documentation of fish genetic resources from various aquatic environments around the country, as well as their conservation methods.

Furthermore, the institute conducts research and develops policy recommendations for the introduction of exotics, quarantine for the prevention of transboundary diseases, and so on.

The Institute also oversees the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD), which involves 31 health laboratories from across the country.  The Director of ICAR-NBFGR provided an overview of the institute's research and development (R&D) efforts. During the meeting, faculty members and ICAR scientists were also present. 

Later, officers from the Department of Fisheries, Government of Uttar Pradesh, gave a detailed presentation on the potential and scope of inland fishing in the state. Dr. Likhi also visited and engaged with fish growers in Village Mishripur, Block Deva, Barabanki.

Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi stressed that ICAR- NBFGR and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh should make significant efforts to raise awareness among fish farmers about the different programmes, activities, and related subsidies available to farmers through the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana.

The ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, was founded in 1983 with the goal of analyzing and safeguarding India's fish genetic resources for intellectual property protection, long-term utilization, and posterity.

The Institute is making substantial contributions to the nation's knowledge base about natural aquatic wealth through its exploration activities across different aquatic resources in the country and the discovery of new fish species.

(Source: PIB)

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